Tammy received a B.A. in speech communications/public relations from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she received her masters of library science. She has worked at William Madison Randall Library at UNC-Wilmington, New Hanover County Public Library, Forsyth County Public Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, as well as the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
Tammy provides motivational speeches to groups concerning career growth, team building, and goal setting and is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Durham. She is a member of the American Library Association, the Black Caucasus of the American Library Association, and the North Carolina Library Association. She is a past President of the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association. Tammy also serves on several boards in her community and is a member of the County Manager’s Executive Leadership Team. She is a monthly presenter for the Durham County Leadership Academy.
She is passionate about delivering quality library services in Durham County, where her team places a high emphasis on improving literacy in Durham and offering programs that enhance digital inclusion as it relates to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). She also enjoys giving back to the profession by mentoring others.
Her favorite books include Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, and all three volumes of March by John Lewis. She also enjoys works by Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, and Maya Angelou, to name a few. One of her favorite children’s books is I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley. She also enjoys classic children’s literature such as Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. She has a collection of over 100 autographed books, including Soul Looks Back in Wonder and The Middle Passage by Tom Feelings.
Tammy is dedicated to helping youth capture a love of reading at an early age. She has a commitment to service excellence and providing resources within the library system that reflects the rich tapestry of our community. It’s her philosophy that we should all work together to make the world a better place; and what better way to start than the power of reading for pleasure and knowledge.
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