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.
Meeks said she finds comfort from visiting the library.
"This is my second home and it reminds me of when I was back in school,” she said. "I would get my work done so I could go to the library."
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