Local Women: Cherry Hamrick

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Always On the Run

Cherry Hamrick is not your average librarian. She was a major part in the architecture and construction of the Delta Township District Library (DTDL). She started an all-women’s 5k Jingle Belle race to raise money for her library. And in her spare time, Hamrick likes to take part in marathons … All over the world. Hamrick started her position as library director seven years ago after being head of Haslett Library. “I became a director of DTDL, because I had always wanted to experience building a library and two years ago that dream became a reality,” said Hamrick. “It’s a good fit for me because I love this community and my staff, and it doesn’t hurt that my home is two miles away.” Along with 36 staff members, Hamrick creates a warm and welcoming community atmosphere in the library. “A great thing about the DTDL is that it is open to anyone, not just residents of the community. “I think it is so important that everyone gets the chance to read and participate in our events,” says Hamrick. The DTDL has a special room for women available that is full of donated pieces from Lissa K. McLean and is a great area to hold group meetings. On Dec. 11 the DTDL will host the Jingle Belle 5k for Women. Hamrick and her staff came up with the idea years ago. “Playmakers said the only thing this area didn’t have is an all-women’s race and a December race, so my brain went ‘aha!’” Women run the race with bells tied to their shoes so they jingle as they run by. Hot chocolate, cookies and a gift from Santa are at the finish line for ladies. This year they are expecting 600 women to participate. The money raised goes towards funding for the library. Last year’s funds went to the recent addition of a kinetic sculpture designed by a Michigan artist. Women can still sign up at www.dtdl.org or in the library. Hamrick’s biggest passion, along with reading, is running. “I have done a marathon in China, part of it was along the great wall, that was amazing,” Hamrick said. “I have done marathons in Austin and Chicago many times. I try to travel every chance I get and in 2012 I am doing a marathon in Antarctica. It has been a dream of mine for many years and I cannot wait to go. I am so fascinated by the explorers and people who go above and beyond the usual.” One may wonder how Hamrick can accomplish so much. She had a few words of advice: “Try new things as they come to you. Find what you love to do and just go for it. That’s the best way to have a wonderful experience and accomplish tasks.” Hamrick hopes to stay at the DTDL until she retires. “I love being here, eventually I’ll retire and read, travel and run more,” said Hamrick. “Our library continues to thrive despite people saying that libraries would go away 10 years ago. We are busier than we were this time last year and I love seeing people’s usage increasing.” “Reading is just as important now as it has ever been. I have books on my iPod, in my car and with me all of the time. Reading doesn’t have to be just physical books. Language and thoughts are important and people can learn new things from so many resources. I love all of the new media and technology; it’s a really great step forward for libraries.”
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