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February 16, 2009

Being orderly an art

Character Council winner gets help from mouse

Margrett Kelley has a little comic strip posted in her work area of Muskogee Public Library. It’s her inspiration for the day.

“Plan ahead; it can save you some trouble.”

These words are with a little mouse wearing a helmet. Kelly thinks its humorous and words to live by.

Her actions have made her the winner of Muskogee Character Council’s January character trait of orderliness — arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency.

She laughed when she heard she was the winner who will be acknowledged by Muskogee City Council during a meeting.

“I try to do things right away,” Kelley said. “I can’t put them off. It drives me crazy. I know what’s going to happen. I’ll have to play catch up. Get stuff out of the way and then you are ready if something else comes up. That’s the basic principle I follow.”

Liz Hanley, children’s librarian, nominated Kelley for orderliness as part of the library’s Character First program. Hanley wrote: “If you’ve attended a program at Muskogee Public Library, then you’ve benefited from the organizational skills of Margrett Kelley, library assistant since 2001.

“Programs don’t just happen. It’s after Kelley has contacted speakers, gathered biographical information and located Web sites, read up on their accomplishments, written grants if funding is necessary, and planned publicity. She provides television, newspaper and radio stations with information on library activities in a timely manner.

“She also reserves the room, sets up, prepares refreshments for both the audience and speaker, greets the speaker on arrival, handles their needs for the event, and then cleans up. This is in addition to assisting both the staff and library director with other tasks and in writing minutes for staff meetings.”

Charolette Underwood, reference librarian, said Kelley is a very hard worker and someone to rely on. Kelley said she has worked other places but is always drawn back to libraries. She has worked at a high school library, a college library and at the University of Oklahoma Phillips Collection, a small private collection of Indian art.

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