Librarian: Crestview woman a ‘fitting’ patron for 1 million honor

meeks and dreaden

Left: June Meeks receives quite a surprise Thursday morning as Friends of the Crestview Library volunteers welcomed her as the Commerce Drive facility's 1 millionth patron. Meeks has been a member of the library since she moved to Crestview 13 years ago. Right: Meeks of Crestview, left, smiles widely as Crestview Public Library reference librarian Sandra Dreaden congratulates her for being the 1 millionth patron to walk through the library door counter. Librarians gave Meeks a tote bag full of books.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM.

CRESTVIEW — June Meeks has a few more books to read, and she won’t have to return these titles after two weeks, even though she received them from the Crestview Public Library.

That’s because library staffers gave her a tote bag full of books Thursday morning to celebrate their 1 millionth patron to pass through the doors.

"I was quiet surprised," the Crestview resident said of the honor.

 Meeks — who visits the Commerce Drive facility weekly and regularly brings her 8-year-old grandson, Tommy Meeks — said she appreciates the library staff, especially when it comes to handling Tommy.

"He can kind of be a pill sometimes, but they are always patient with him," she said.

Reference librarian Sandra Dreaden said she was happy to see the honor go to a longtime patron.

"She is a fitting patron to represent the 1 millionth person to walk through our door count," Dreaden said. Library staffers can track visits with a counter inside the entrance.

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