The West Baton Rouge Parish library has big things on the horizon, and the newest addition to personnel is sure to bring even more. Sarah Colombo, a distinguished leader and librarian now serves as Assistant Director to Ruth Bond, who took over as Director almost a year ago.
“Do y’all want to hear how I talk?” the Georgia native joked with council members after her introduction at last week’s meeting.
Council members joked back, but her small stature is no indication of her achievements and goals for the West Side.
After earning her Master’s in Library and Information Studies, Colombo was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program hosted by the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest in the world. Each year, only 50 participants nationwide are invited to participate.
She is also a graduate of the Leadership Livingston program, hosted by the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce which aims to develop individuals as leaders within their communities.
Colombo moved to Louisiana about four years ago, when she accepted the position as Head of Adult Services for the five branches in Livingston Parish. As she steadily ascended the ranks and earned distinctions, she ultimately became the Branch Manager of the Main Branch in Livingston Parish. There she curated programs and started a prison outreach.
She brings the same passion for creating more programs and services for the community to the West Side.
Readers and want-to-be readers should be on the lookout for a new book club and monthly reading recommendation column in the Opinion section of the West Side Journal from Colombo.
“This is a pretty place to be and the food is great,” Colombo said, noting the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Museum and barbecue from Cou-Yons.