PHS’s Lingle awarded Pelham Library Guild Scholarship

From left, Barbara Roberts, Jessica Lingle and Debbie Parrott stand in the entrance of the Pelham Public Library as Lingle is given the $1,500 Pelham Library Guild Scholarship. (Reporter Photo / Jon Goering)

From left, Barbara Roberts, Jessica Lingle and Debbie Parrott stand in the entrance of the Pelham Public Library as Lingle is given the $1,500 Pelham Library Guild Scholarship. (Reporter Photo / Jon Goering)

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

PELHAM—Since her days a junior librarian, the Pelham Public Library has been an important part of Jessica Lingle’s life, and after being awarded the Library Guild Scholarship, it will continue with her as she travels to Boone, NC., for her freshman year of college at Appalachian State University.

During a small ceremony at the Pelham Library on July 31, Library Guild President Debbie Parrott and Pelham Library Director Barbara Roberts presented Lingle with the $1,500 scholarship.

“This is one of the most fun things that I do,” Parrott said, presenting the scholarship to Lingle. “We are so proud to present this check to you from the Pelham Library Guild.”

Lingle was chosen from a pool of applicants after completing a process that included writing an essay and a face-to-face interview with the Pelham Library Guild.

“I had to write an essay about how I would imagine a new library and what I would incorporate in (the design),” Lingle said.

Lingle’s plan for a new library included “big windows” to let in natural light and an “auditorium for speakers” to expand the library’s program offerings.

“This library has been around for a while, and it has done a great job for our community,” Lingle said. “But, it could do so much more. That’s really exciting to think about.”

In addition to her essay, Roberts noted Lingle’s involvement with the Invisible Children charity, a group that works to bring awareness to and stop the use of child soldiers in Ugana.

“She has made contributions to the local community and the world community,” Roberts said. “For a high school student, this is something very noteworthy. She is by far a very impressive young lady.”

“Jessica is unequivocally the most enthusiastic young lady I have ever met,” Parrot said. “Jessica is what the library is all about.”

Lingle will soon start her freshman year at Appalachian State University where she plans to major in sustainable development, however the Pelham Public Library will always hold a special place in her heart.

“I’ve always loved the library,” Lingle said. “My best friend and I were junior librarians here when we were in the fifth grade. It’s been a staple of this hometown for me.”