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Monday, December 17, 2018

Meet MLC Monday: Kristina Kelly

Kristina Kelly started at the Mississippi Library Commission in May 2018. She serves as Administrative Assistant to Jennifer Peacock, MLC's Administrative Services Director, and the rest of the Administrative Services Bureau. Kristina holds a bachelor's degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations.

Kristina says that she was initially drawn to working at MLC because of the connection to books and public libraries. She's found that she really enjoys working with the friendly staff and is a big fan of her job! Of libraries and books, she says that, "Books are the gateway to knowledge, other places, and even other worlds. Reading expands a person's horizons and libraries are a valuable resource for people to use to educate themselves and to grow."

Kristina and her family love to read. Other book fanatics might relate--she says they have stack of books on the floor because they have run out of bookshelf space. She claims she can't pick just one favorite book (can anyone?), but has a few favorite books by favorite authors: Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files are just a few. She just finished reading The Annapolis Book of Seamanship by John Rousemaniere and is working her way through The Shack by William P. Young and The Bluejacket's Manual, published by the United States Naval Institute. Kristina says that what she reads really depends on her mood or where she is, so she always tries to keep a few books close at hand.

Kristina says she loves being a wife and a mom and is very proud of her family and their accomplishments. She is active in her local Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) group; she and her husband have been members for 25 years. SCA recreates pre-1600 society and cultures. Kristina specializes in creating historical costumes and non-European dance. Her current research project involves researching how European explorers and settlers viewed indigenous peoples and cultures with an emphasis on their dance.

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