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Lucy Johnson has been settling in as the new Wyoming librarian since arriving in August.

Wyoming

In her second month, Lucy Johnson is still settling in as the new librarian in Wyoming.

Johnson graduated with her degree in history in the spring and moved to Wyoming from Illinois after everything shut down in March.

She’s been accepted to a graduate school and hopes to be able to pursue her master’s degree in library sciences sometime in the future.

“I’ve always liked being around books,” she said.

Her love of books started when she was in middle school.

“I primarily read young adult stuff, and I’ve always really liked fantasy and dystopian sci-fi stuff,” Johnson said.

At the moment, Johnson’s been fascinated by true crime books. Right now, that means reading “I’ll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer,” by the late Michelle McNamara, which is also the subject of a recent HBO docuseries.

Starting in the position during the pandemic has been a mixed bag for Johnson. On one hand, the slower pace means it’s been easier for her to get her feet under her.

“It’s been good to have that time to learn how to figure out how everything works and not have a million other things going on at the same time,” Johnson said. “Everyone that’s come in so far from the community has been very nice and very welcoming to me.”

On the other, she hasn’t had the chance to get to know quite as many people or put on the programs she would have liked. Johnson is working on craft activities that she can send home with kids.

Once everything gets back to some semblance of normal, she’s looking forward to getting some programs up and running, like activities on early out days and getting to know more people as more guests come through the door.

Currently, the library is open by appointment, but that could be changing after the next board of directors meeting.

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