The Christian County Literacy Council is looking for a self-starter, a person who is motivated, someone with a devotion to the love of reading and to literacy.

“We want this person to come in and make this job his or her own,” noted Wayne Goolsby, president of the literacy council’s board of directors, of the individual the board is seeking to become the council’s next executive director.

The council is taking applications through the end of February for the position that Goolsby said board members would like to have filled by the middle or end of March, allowing time for the person to be ready for spring and summer events.

Goolsby said the position, left vacant with the death of former executive director Beverly Whitfield last fall, will be a part-time job with flexible hours.

There will be lulls when the director might not go into the office, Goolsby noted, while at other times — during planning for the popular Community Reader Day, for example — the director may work several hours a day for stretches at a time.

Goolsby said the new director will work on projects including the council’s Back to School with Mrs. Pickle, its Real Men Read mentoring program at local schools and Community Reader Day, which invites residents into schools to read to youth.

He noted that board members are open to changing things, given that a new director is being hired; the same things don’t have to be done at the same time.

Goolsby noted that the new director should have some knowledge of grant writing, but he added that the council’s board members will be available to help with those grant-writing projects as well as other aspects of the literacy job.

“They’d have a really strong board to back them up in everything,” said Goolsby of the 16 board members who represent a diversity of ages and experiences.

He noted that the membership includes educators, business people, representatives of service organizations and others in the community. Some, like Carolyn Haddock, a.k.a Mrs. Pickles, have their own literary interests as board members, and Goolsby said they will be “really helpful” to the new director.

Goolsby said the literacy council has a presence at local schools and in the community at large, and he noted that the incoming director will have duties that include planning and executing the council’s various programs and activities.

Anyone who is interested in the position should send a letter of interest and current resume to the Christian County Literacy Council, P.O. Box 4048, Hopkinsville Ky., 42240 or to

For more information, the council can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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