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Markley takes reins at Kingsport Public Library

Staff report • Jul 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Libraries have evolved into interactive spaces where imagination still runs wild while adding technology to the experience. Christine “Chris” Markley was recently hired as the city’s new library manager, and her goal is to see Kingsport’s library go to the next level.

Markley has been a librarian for more than 12 years and has experience in a variety of libraries. Most recently she was director of the Hawkins County Library System. She has also worked as the library manager of Selma Public Library in Selma, N.C., and as an elementary school librarian at Washington Elementary School in Barto, Penn.

During her tenure at Washington, Markley was a frequent presenter at local and state librarian and reading specialist conferences. She, unsurprisingly, loves to read and reads more than 120 books a year. Markley has been a reviewer of books for School Library Journal and Library Media Connection.

She relocated to Kingsport from Clayton, N.C., with her husband, Tom, who is a chemist at Eastman, five years ago. Avid travelers, the Markleys have visited 49 states and nine countries. The couple have just returned from a vacation to Banff, Canada, and Glacier National Park in Montana.

Markley received an MLS in library science with a K-12 teaching certificate from Kutztown University and a B.S. in economics from Syracuse University.

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