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Prior to joining the library staff, Yearwood taught for 32 years at District 80 Schools. She started out teaching fifth- and sixth-graders, but spent the last 17 years of her career teaching first grade.
She retired from District 80, but her retirement only lasted about nine months.
Before long, Yearwood became “bored” and started working as a clerk at Brehm, on the advice of a friend. The friend was also a retired teacher working part-time at the library.
“I'd always loved the library and I'd always been a patron here, ever since I was a little girl, and so I said, 'yeah, how hard can that be?' Yearwood said.
Yearwood soon discovered, though, the job was much more challenging than she'd anticipated. As a clerk, she worked in the Circulation and Genealogy Departments, performing a number of first floor duties.
But what Yearwood really wanted was to work in the Children's Department on the third floor, and after a time she got the chance to do so, working with long-time children's librarian Jacque Ross.
Later, when Ross retired after 35 years, Yearwood became the Children's Department director.
Yearwood said she's proud of many of the programs she's initiated including Books for Treats, which distributes children's books on Halloween in place of candy.
This year, her department also started an off-site Story Time reading program at local daycares.
After retirement, Yearwood said she will continue to promote the library at Jefferson County schools as a Brehm “ambassador.”
The library, Yearwood said, is a great resource for the community.
“Sometimes when things are free we don't value them as much, but we have a wonderful resource here,” Yearwood said. “We're always encouraging people — it's one of the best values that you can get for your tax dollar.”