photo by Debbie Adams
Alyssa Carpenter (left) is the new Children’s Senior Library Assistant at the Vinton Library, shown during a session of “Bad Art.”

What is unusual about her story is that Carpenter started out at the old Vinton Library on Washington Avenue as a volunteer when she was 12 years old. She says she has “come full circle.” She is grateful for the opportunity to return to Vinton especially since this is where she discovered that library work was her passion.

“A library is a learning center, where everything I was interested in was at the tips of my fingers,” said Carpenter. “I learned here in Vinton how much I loved library work, and how much libraries help people. They provide access to resources to the community and access to technology for free.”

Carpenter moved to Vinton when she was about 9 years of age. She attended W.E. Cundiff Elementary, William Byrd Middle School, and William Byrd High School before moving to Bluefield and graduating from Graham High School.

As a young library volunteer in Vinton, she did maintenance tasks, assisted patrons, created the bulletin boards and painted the windows in the children’s…

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