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Celina Public Library Adds Experience to Youth Services Staff

by Heather Reynolds

Latest Addition Brings Varied Background to Position

Counting on slightly more than a dozen years of experience at top-level library systems in Texas and Arizona, Duane Wagner has joined the Celina Public Library as Youth Services Librarian.

“Duane brings a wide range of excellent experience to the library staff,” says Library Director Linda Shaw. “When we combine his experience, his educational credentials, and his unbridled enthusiasm, the entire Celina community, especially the children, youth and young adults, will benefit in ways that may surprise us. Duane will definitely be a difference-maker.”

In his position, Wagner will develop plans, proposals, and projects that will complement the existing Storytime offerings by the library. He will also be instrumental in conducting a variety of related opportunities for children on a weekly basis.

He will monitor and maintain available literature aimed at children and young adults, as well as assist with library item acquisition and withdrawal of the reading inventory in those categories. An important part of his role will be working closely with school librarians and staff to ensure that the library remains an important resource for students and teachers.

Wagner will also become an active advocate for the larger reading community, seeking ways to partner with organizations serving youth to promote positive change. As with all library personnel, he will be constantly available to provide advice to patrons of all ages looking for fiction and nonfiction titles.

Prior to joining the Celina staff, Wagner held a similar position at the Flower Mound Library for seven years, shepherding the Youth Services Division through a period of exceptional growth. Before arriving in Flower Mound, he spent five years as a Library Associate and Library Program Instructor for the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona.

A member of the American and Texas Library Associations, the Association for Library Service to Children, and the Young Adult Library Services Organization, Wagner earned a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University as well as a Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.

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