Your Story: Erma Ezell

“Now that I’ve retired, I’ve rediscovered the library.”

Erma Ezell may hold the record for patronage of the Powell Branch Library—she’s been using its resources for more than 50 years. “I used it when my children were little. Now that I’ve retired, I’ve rediscovered it,” she says. Erma knows the staff by name and has even watched one librarian grow up in the neighborhood. “The librarians often make suggestions for me and when they have time, we talk about what we’ve read. I especially like reading the black fiction and there is a good selection to choose from.”

And though Erma is long past taking her children to the programs offered there and at the Central Library, watching the librarians and staff interact with the children is something she still enjoys.