Pocahontas County Free Libraries seeks Director

The Library Board of Pocahontas County Free Libraries is seeking a dynamic director who is a tenacious advocate for libraries and the important roles they play in  communities. Pocahontas Free Libraries (PCFL) is a national award winning rural library system located in beautiful Pocahontas County, WV, known as Nature’s Mountain Playground. The main library is located in the county seat of Marlinton, WV with four additional full -service branches located in communities throughout the county.

As Pocahontas County Free Libraries consists of 5 library branches, scattered throughout Pocahontas County, the successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to lead and manage a distributed staff of 10+ employees. The successful candidate will be an effective communicator, have strong organizational skills, and possess a supportive management style.

The minimum requirement for the position is a Bachelor’s Degree. Proficiency with information technology is essential. An MLS from an ALA-accredited program and three years of professional library service, including direct supervision of staff, are preferred. Experience with fundraising and grant writing would be beneficial. The salary will be commensurate with experience and educational level. A benefits package is included.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume along with three professional references to the Pocahontas County Free Libraries, Attn: Director Search Committee, McClintic Public Library, 500 8th Street, Marlinton, WV 24954.  Alternatively, applications may be sent via e-mail to: [email protected].  Application review will begin August 16, 2016. The position will be open until filled.  PCFL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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WV Flooding

To donate to the Clendenin Public Library, go to:

To donate to the Rainelle Public Library, mail a check to Rainelle Public Library - 378 7th Street Rainelle, WV 25962 (preferred) or go to

Rainelle Public Library

As many are aware Rainelle Public Library sustained considerable damage in the recent flooding.  The library had 5 feet of water in it, the print collection was destroyed along with at least 90% of the furnishings and 100% of the computers.  A church group was in the last two days and did miraculous work in removing wet materials and furnishings that cannot be saved.  Everything is on the curb waiting for the National Guard.   The floors will be power washed today and the drying process will begin.  Next, a contractor has been secured to remove the interior sheathing and insulation and check the electrical wiring.  They really are further down the road than anyone would have expected them to be at this point.

 Now, for the question on everyone’s lips, what about books!  They are interested in book donations, but are weeks, possibly months away from ready for print materials.  Please if anyone has materials they need to be stored with the donor and Rainelle will put out the word when the library is ready.

 Efforts are being made to establish a command center or my favorite description after seeing the library yesterday, a “dry place” for the staff and trustees to operate the recovery efforts.  A trailer style field office would enable the staff and trustees access to an onsite telephone and fax and allow the WVLC techs to put in temporary data lines and computers. Electrical power may be available as soon as tomorrow.

 Rainelle Public Library could also use monetary donations.  Sarah Palfrey, Summersville Public Library is establishing an online donation account, please be aware online services retain from 3-8% of the donation. Checks may be made to and mailed directly to: Rainelle Public Library - 378 7th Street Rainelle, WV 25962.  

For more information, contact Ann Farr.

Clendenin Branch of the Kanawha County Public Library

The Clendenin Branch of Kanawha County Public Library appears to be a total loss.  A lot of people are already talking about donating books and we really appreciate the offers of assistance that are coming in.  However, we are a long way from being in a position where we can consider replacing the collection and we could not deal effectively with donations if they are received. 

 The best thing people can do right now is contribute money, cleaning supplies, water, etc. to help people in need.  The homes of several of our staff members are completely gone and others are currently uninhabitable, a situation that is widespread across this County and in other counties across the state.  Once we get past the immediate crisis, we will be glad to let people know how they best can help.

For more information, contact Alan Engelbert.


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