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Woman of Wilson: Pamela Wiggins

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Pamela Wiggins

Books can take you places you've never dreamed of - to faraway lands, on daring adventures - and in the case of Pamela Wiggins, to Watertown.

Wiggins grew up in Trousdale County but moved to Wilson in 2005 to take a job at the Lebanon/Wilson Public Library. Although Wiggins originally wanted to teach, the library world soon felt like home.

"If you are not able to read, your life is not complete. Seeing the small ones come into the library and seeing them go to school and outshine everyone else makes me smile," Wiggins said of watching children succeed through reading. "Knowledge is power and there is nothing like being able to do what you want, instead of what you are limited to."

In 2009, she moved to the Watertown Public Library where she serves as Branch Manager.

"I think the people of Watertown are what make working here the best. The people care. They stick together and care about what happens to you," she said. "Let a house burn and the whole community comes together. Once a month, the Volunteer Fire Department has a fish fry to raise money - and once a month we all know where we will be. The fish is good, but the friendship makes it better."

One of her best memories at the Watertown Public Library is when Tennessee's First Lady Crissy Haslam came to visit. "That was awesome," she remembered. "She is such a kind and caring person."

She is the wife of Dr. Bernard Wiggins. She has one daughter, Syreeda Smith; and two grandchildren, Darius Martin and Destinee Smith.

When she is not at the library or with her family, she enjoys playing games on Facebook, reading and knitting or crocheting.

A woman who Wiggins admires is her grandmother, Christine York.

"She was always there for me regardless of what was happening. She was my teacher, my mentor and the one person that would listen to me. She told me I could do anything I wanted and she would cheer me on all the way."

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