Brunswick County welcomes newest Library Director Patricia Dew as she highlights plans to lead the library system forward

04.06.2022

Brunswick County welcomes newest Library Director Patricia Dew as she highlights plans to lead the library system forward

Library Director Patricia Dew

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – As Brunswick County continues to grow and evolve, the need to have new routes for accessing knowledge is paramount. Brunswick County’s newest Library Director Patricia Dew has joined the county’s leadership team and will take the lead in moving the library system forward.

Dew brings more than 29 years of experience in libraries to the Brunswick County team. Before she was hired in January 2022, Dew worked for the New Hanover County Public Library (2012-2022) and the Durham County Library (2001-2012). Alongside her work in public libraries, Dew also serves as a member of the United States Army Reserve.

“It has always been my dream to become a library director,” Dew said. “I have loved working in public libraries ever since I was a teenage volunteer. I enjoy helping people find the knowledge or information they need, whether that’s through lifelong learning, childhood education, or just providing entertainment for leisure.”

Dew joins Deputy County Manager Haynes Brigman in overseeing library operations across all five physical branch locations.

“I am excited to see Patricia bring new ideas and operational practices to the department, as her experience in larger, more urban-based library systems can prove to be beneficial for our more rural system,” Brigman said. “Patricia is a servant leader and will work side-by-side with Library staff and the public to ensure the highest service possible to our patrons. I look forward to watching Patricia enhance what is already a great resource to our community.”

As Director, Dew is responsible for creating and pursuing initiatives for the maintenance and betterment of the Library, building and maintaining public and governmental relations, preparing and overseeing budget processes, ensuring compliance with laws, strategic planning, and developing library service policies.

“Brunswick County is at an amazing place in time,” Dew said. “The sleepy beach communities are changing into a growing, modern, vibrant place to live, work, and play. I am looking forward to leading the library system forward as the County continues to grow and evolve.”

Some of Dew’s key accomplishments prior to working for Brunswick County include the design and planning of the new Pine Valley Branch of the New Hanover County Public Library. During this project, Dew solicited public input, consulted with the architects, frequented the construction site, hired and maintained staff, moved an entire branch worth of books and materials to the new location, and staged an event for the branch’s grand opening.

Dew also worked with New Hanover County Arboretum to implement native plant demonstration gardens at the Pine Valley Branch of the library through a North Carolina Arboretum grant project known as the Coastal Landscape Initiative. This project helped elevate the learning opportunities offered at the new branch while also contributing to the natural environment.

“I have many goals I would like to achieve here in Brunswick County,” Dew said. “I want to better serve the residents of Brunswick County as we move into a new era of growth and technological advancement. I aim to grow the system, improve accessibility, foster a welcoming environment in each of the branch locations, and increase the 24/7 access for resources through the use of e-books and online services.”

Dew holds a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and a Master of Library Science with a concertation in Public Libraries from North Carolina Central University. She is First Aid and CPR certified and has experience in emergency preparedness through her work in the United States Army Reserve.

Dew is also an active member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Azalea Coast Library Association, North Carolina Public Library Directors Association, and has been active with Community Emergency Response Teams for Durham and New Hanover Counties.

Part of Dew’s initiative for leading the Brunswick County Library System forward is through social media. You can now follow Brunswick County Library on Facebook and Instagram for more information on events and updates.

Learn more about the Library and how to connect with Patricia Dew and our Library team on the Brunswick County Library System webpage.

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For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov