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Monday, February 8, 2016

Meet MLC Monday: Bonita Harris

Meet Bonita Harris, Administrative Assistant for the Mississippi Library Commission's Administrative Services Bureau. Her job includes assisting with paperwork and filing in her area, and includes tasks like setting up new hire packets and processing time sheet records. She also processes incoming and outgoing mail for the entire agency, assists with agency events, and fills in at the Reception Desk. July 2016 will mark ten years at MLC for Bonita.

She says, "I love my job. I love helping other people." If you've been lucky enough to meet Ms. Harris as you've entered our building or while attending a meeting, you know this to be true. Her smile and positive outlook brighten our environment every day here at the state library.

Bonita and her husband have three boys aged 1, 3, and 8. She bought her oldest son a Kindle which she liked for its quick and easy access to books. Then she found out that he wasn't actually reading the books she downloaded! She turned to local libraries and independent bookstores for hard copies of books for her children so that they could read together. She says she has really enjoyed introducing her boys to new books and that she's become somewhat of a picture book connoisseur herself. Her three year old's new favorite book is Meet Me at the Moon, which he received from Imagination Library. Her eight year old is a Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan. Ms. Harris's new favorite in picture-book-land, however, is Yuyi Morales. She says all three of her kids loved Niño Wrestles the World and that she can't wait for her next book, Thunder Boy, Jr., to come out this spring.

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