Kevin Marsh, director of the Copperas Cove Public Library, started work Jan. 14.

The Copperas Cove Public Library once again has a leader.

Kevin Marsh started as library director on Jan. 14 and said he is excited about the possibilities in the position.

“There’s a great team here,” Marsh said. “I’m ready to start moving forward.”

Marsh has worked in a variety of industries, including the Texas Highway Department and Johnson Space Center.

During his tenure at the state library, he worked on a project to make the TexShare Databases more accessible to public libraries.

“One of the only things I haven’t done is work in a public library with direct access to patrons,” he said. “We had advisers from the public library community, but I didn’t have direct contact with the end users.”

Marsh, who currently commutes to Cove from his home in Georgetown, said he has “dozens” of ideas he’d like to introduce to the library in an effort to attract more users to the collections and reference desk.

“You need to experiment and try things,” he said. “If you don’t fail occasionally, you’re not being bold enough.”

His ideas include introducing theme weeks to promote authors or genres, inviting groups to make use of the building’s meeting room and promoting the e-book collections available through the library.

The last time the Copperas Cove Public Library had a full-time director was February last year, when Margaret Handrow retired after 30 years of working in libraries.

Since Handrow left, city budget director Ryan Haverlah performed director duties at the library.

Marsh said he hopes to make good use of the library facility, staff and collections.

“We’ll serve the needs of preschoolers to retirees,” he said. “We could continue business as usual, or build and reach out to additional sectors of the community.”

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476

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