WINTER HARBOR — It was love at first sight when Leslie Walton stepped into the stained-glass interior of the Winter Harbor Public Library.She then readily accepted a position as part-time librarian at the tiny, largely volunteer library.
Walton is a former librarian at the Blue Hill Public Library and was assistant librarian at George Stevens Academy for six years.
She went on to become a manicurist, but that business fizzled during the recession.
In addition to the library’s ambiance, Walton said she is drawn to the area because of one of her sons and her mother.
Tim Walton lives in the neighboring village of Prospect Harbor, and Walton’s mother, Shirley Plummer, still lives in Sullivan where Walton grew up.
Her younger son, Ebb, is in college.
“I have no big plans to change anything other than to get things a little more organized and get more people to use the library,” said Walton, who was hired for 10 hours a week.
She said she was often inspired to come up with novel ideas to hold the interest of students at George Stevens and expects to do the same for readers in Winter Harbor.
One example: “I had a ‘use your noodle contest’ with a scavenger hunt,” she said. “The prize was a swimming noodle.”
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