Ever wanted to step into a world of knowledge and community connection? Today, we’re welcoming you into that world with our fascinating guest, Mr. Omar Chapman, director of the Bessemer Public Library. From his early days in Bessemer, Alabama to becoming a double graduate of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Omar’s journey is as captivating as it is inspiring.
Omar’s course to leadership was no easy feat. It was a road beautifully paved with challenges and triumphs, including acquiring the largest LSTA grant in the library’s history. With this grant, Omar enhanced the library’s computer lab, making it more user-friendly for patrons. Ever thought of using puppies to help children learn to read? Omar did just that! This innovative method not only fostered love for reading among children but also builds their confidence. Our conversation explores the balance between physical book offerings and digital resources, and the unique selection process for books and other materials.
The Bessemer Public Library under Omar’s leadership is a beacon of community engagement. Listen to how a summer reading program featuring NFL quarterback Jamies Winston left an indelible impact on the community. Even during the pandemic, the library continued to serve the community without faltering. Authors, listen up! Omar gives some valuable tips on how to get involved with public speaking and book signings at the library. Let’s celebrate the significance of local libraries and community engagement. Wait, we’re not done yet! We’ve got a soulful musical treat for you, Charlie Wilson’s hit song, ‘I’m Blessed.’ Join us, because this isn’t just a podcast episode, it’s a journey into knowledge, innovation, and community upliftment.
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