By Enola Gay Mathews
Winnsboro’s Gilbreath Memorial Library has a new librarian. Manuel Pasillas began his task Tuesday January 4, 2022 among the stacks of his new environs. After spending some months assisting at public libraries in Rockwall and McKinney, Pasillas spent part of 2021 as an employee of the Sulphur Springs Public Library in 2021, and was referred by Hope Cain, Sulphur Springs Librarian, for the Winnsboro position.
He is also close to home. He and his wife live in Sulphur Springs while he attends Texas A&M Commerce. He expects to graduate in 2022 with a degree in Library Science. Pasilla said, “I love the small town environment I find in the town and community of Winnsboro. My main goal is for our library to be a resource hub. Whatever the patrons are looking for, I hope to have them find it here. If we don’t have it, I can point them in the right direction.”
He finds that homeschool families especially need resources which a library can furnish so that students can learn and make good progress. Resources like technology and internet access are hot topics for a library because not everyone has these at home. Pasilla said that many rural families experience patchy internet service not only in the Winnsboro area but also areas of Hopkins, Franklin and Wood Counties. He stated, “It is my goal to make this a resource hub, as well as to audit all the library’s technology and see if upgrades are needed.”
On that note, the Winnsboro Library’s children’s section has been used at times for a home-school classroom, and he hopes to see that continue. He said, “The children’s area has not only computer and internet availability, but tables and space for work during prescribed times. Additionally, I hope to add Children’s Storytime, and Summer Reading Program.”
He also stated that patrons of the Winnsboro library can benefit from non-profits who could bring resources in, such as the AARP Tax-Aide program, and informational meetings about Medicare/ Medicaid. He said, “I’d also love to be able to offer learning skills for adults such as resume building and job interviewing skills as well as technology assistance for senior citizens including both their computer and their phones. As we rely more and more on technology and even working from home, more education is needed for all ages.” Pasillas feels that his job with the Gilbreath Memorial Library in Winnsboro is perfect for him, because it involves a working day as well as an opportunity to become a member of a community. The library hours are 8:30 until 5:30 Monday through Friday. The library phone number is 903-342-6866. He invites the public to come in, “…or give us a call and we will be glad to assist you.”