NEW LEBANON — Moriah Sears, who was hired as the new director of the New Lebanon Library, started Monday. “I am very excited to have Moriah on board as the new director of the New Lebanon Library,” said Dian Hobden, library vice president and chair of the Selection Committee. “She is young, enthusiastic and full of great ideas to make our already amazing library even better.” Sears is passionate about her new position and has many ideas about how to run the library, Hobden said, which helped her stand out among applicants in the double digits when the search began in July and ended in October. Sears grew up near Asbury Park, New Jersey, and moved with her family to South Carolina while she was in high school. After graduating high school with a home-schooled education, she attended Southern Wesleyan University, a college in Central, South Carolina, where she majored in both English and psychology.
Sears taught English as a second language in South Korea for two years following graduation. “There were a couple of reasons for this choice,” Sears said of her experience teaching in South Korea. “The first reason is a mixture of a love of the English language, travel and experiencing new cultures; the second, and most important reason, was because I not only desired to experience a different culture, but I also wanted to contribute equally to any community I joined. “My ultimate goal is to serve whatever community I find myself in to the best of my abilities,” she added.
Sears later earned her Master’s of Library Science from the University of South Carolina after working various jobs, including as a counseling specialist with SC Connections Academy, which is a virtual charter school. She was also chief editor of her college’s Annual Creative Writing magazine.
Sears revealed how she ended up in New Lebanon after her world travels. “Growing up, I always felt more inclined toward smaller, close-knit communities,” she said. “Upon visiting New Lebanon, I knew I wanted to become a part of this particular community. I hope to put my skills to work by continuing the development of the library’s excellent literary, educational and cultural resources and programs.”
Sears has new ideas about how to run the library, including working with older residents and adding a young adult room to the building, which would incorporate group activities, computers and a lounge area. Her ideas will bring welcome change to the area, Hobden said.
“I think [Sears will] be a really great addition to the community, and the people will welcome her with open arms,” Hobden said.
Members of the New Lebanon Library’s Board of Trustees encourage patrons and members of the community to stop by to welcome Sears and become acquainted with her.