A woman who has been serving as the interim director of the Caldwell County Public Library will be the library’s new director.

Leslie Griffin has been interim director since February 2020, when the previous director, Lesley Mason, resigned to become the director of the Carteret County Public Library in Beaufort.

“I’m thrilled. It’s a really, really good place and a fantastic staff,” Griffin said.

Griffin has worked for the Caldwell County Public Library since 2017, when she moved to Caldwell from Washington, D.C., where she worked for the District of Columbia Public Library.

She started working in television production in the late 1970s while she was in high school in Charlotte, where she is originally from. She worked in television production for 18 years and at the same time began a foray into academia, attending UNC Charlotte and earning both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in history, specializing in American history.

In the early 2000s, she owned a translation company that specialized in languages that used character sets other than the Roman alphabet, but in 2006, she saw an ad for a job at the D.C. Public Library. She applied, and library leaders sent her to library school at Catholic University of America, where she earned her master’s in library and information science.

“I got the job, they sent me to library school, I became a librarian,” she said. “I loved it. It’s funny that my last career should be my favorite career.”

At the D.C. Public Library, she began as a library associate, was promoted to librarian, and eventually served as a branch manager and adult services manager.

When she came to Caldwell County in 2017, she started as the adult services librarian and later became the technical services librarian before she became interim director.

Griffin said that library work brought together her love of teaching and her love of language.

“I love doing customer service, reference work, collections, basically everything,” she said.

As the library cautiously works to offer programs and services after a year of offering only curbside pickup, Griffin said she is taking the opportunity to assess the needs of the community. Right now, her plan is to “just to give great service for now. That’s my number one goal.”

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.