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Children’s librarian starts new chapter

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Ryley McClain, 5, shows his finished craft to Children’s Librarian Claire Gutierrez at Wednesday’s story time. Gutierrez will be leaving the Roswell Public Library to pursue a new opportunity and today is her last day. As the children’s librarian for the past three years, Guiterrez said her department was awarded three grants totaling $8,000 for children’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities like the monthly Brick by Brick, iPads, and the Let’s Get Coding program. “It’s very eye-opening to see how one little thing that an adult might say to a child or encourage in a child can really make a difference in their lives,” Gutierrez said as she teared up. “That’s something that I’ve noticed — and I know that what you say and how you encourage kids really makes an impact on them.” To the children of Roswell, Gutierrez said she will “really miss” them, has enjoyed knowing every single one of them, and hopes they will continue to enjoy the library. (Alison Penn Photo)