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Catherine Smith and Jane Hearn are sworn in as Library Trustees by Ryan Neff, board treasurer.

    YOUR Rowan County Public Library welcomes Jane Hearn and Catherine Smith as new members of the Library’s Board of Trustees.

    They have agreed to serve four years on the Board, providing leadership and making a positive impact on the community. Jane and Catherine were recommended by Wayne Onkst, state librarian and Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, and the recommendations were approved by the Rowan County Fiscal Court.

    Jane and her husband, Mike, moved to Morehead in 1972 when Mike was chosen by the Division of Forestry to run the Cave Run Lake

fish hatchery. Jane holds a B.S. degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Arts in Education, a Rank I, and an Education Specialist Degree in Adult and Higher Education from Morehead State University. She retired in January 2012 after serving in the teaching profession for 40 years, first as a second grade teacher in Clark County, then teaching at Morehead State University, followed by teaching kindergarten in the Rowan County School System for 11 years, and completing her professional teaching career at the Maysville Community and Technical College, Rowan Campus, where she taught language arts and education. She describes herself as “an avid reader” who loves animals and traveling. A lifelong learner, Jane says, “Education is the most important thing to me.” Her dearest joy is spending time with her daughters Elisabeth and Emily and with her twin grandchildren Catherine and Clark.

    Catherine Smith is married to oral surgeon B.C. Smith; they have two young sons, Ballard who is 7 and Grayson who is 5. Catherine completed a B.S. degree in Art Studio and Art Education from the University of Kentucky and did her student teaching in Bangor, Australia. She says her favorite mediums are painting and print making, and she loves to spend time in her studio space at the Rowan County Arts Center. Catherine is currently working on a project at McBrayer Elementary using up-cycled bottle caps. She enjoys swimming and bicycling, and plans to ride in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure with her dad, Dave Dummer, next summer. Catherine has completed two sprint triathlons and “anticipates doing many more.” The family are members of the Morehead United Methodist Church where Catherine serves on the Children’s Worship Committee and is a member of United Methodist Women. Catherine says she “received a warm welcome to Morehead and is proud to serve the community.”

    Commissioner Wayne Onkst wrote, “Providing public library service in today’s information age is very challenging. Leadership by public library trustees is essential if public libraries are to provide high quality service for their communities. Great public libraries require dedicated trustees.”

    Thanks, Jane and Catherine, for being willing to serve and for accepting the challenge.