Jonesville Library announces the death of head librarian

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com - and Wendy Byerly Wood - wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com
Jonesville Branch Librarian Barbara Gilpin at a Halloween event held at the library in 2017. - File photo

JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Public Library was closed for a portion of Monday as its staff and patrons, as well as others in the community, honored the memory of branch library Barbara Gilpin. Gilpin died unexpectedly Friday morning.

“Barbara will be greatly missed by many people including her family, many friends and co-workers,” said Joan Sherif, director of the Northwestern Regional Library system. Gilpin, who would have been 40 in November, had worked for the library system for 16 years.

“She was an inspiration for all of us in her dedication, service and loyalty to all,” Sherif said. “Barbara set a very high bar for all of us to meet in the example she set.”

Library Program Assistant Jennifer Rogers of the Jonesville Public Library made the formal announcement of Gilpin’s death on Facebook Friday, saying in part, that the “library family is deeply hurt by the news.”

“Barbara was truly one of a kind. Her sweet smile would brighten any room she walked in. Her brilliant mind was filled with so much information it would make my head spin. Her heart was pure love for this library, the books, and most importantly, the patrons that visit here,” said Rogers in the Facebook post.

“I ask that you keep her family and friends in your thoughts over the next coming weeks. I can honestly say, every patron had a special place in her heart,” the post concluded.

“Although she cannot be replaced, the world would be a better place if we were all like Barbara,” Sherif said. “She had a great impact on the community and has left a tremendous legacy.”

Services for Gilpin were held Monday.

Jonesville Branch Librarian Barbara Gilpin at a Halloween event held at the library in 2017.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_DSC_1641-1.jpgJonesville Branch Librarian Barbara Gilpin at a Halloween event held at the library in 2017. File photo

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com

and Wendy Byerly Wood

wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com