Library supports beloved staffer with fundraiser

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By Erin Hill

This past Monday, the Gadsden County Public Library in Quincy hosted a cookout fundraiser to help Joan Vann, a library employee who lost her home in a fire on March 19.
Vann, who is the Bookmobile librarian, said, “I’m just overwhelmed.  I work with the best here in Gadsden County at the Library.”
Vann said her husband was in the house when the fire started, but made it out unharmed.
“The blessing in the whole thing was no life was lost,” Vann said.    
She said the Red Cross came out to help them the same night, and many churches in the community and  their neighbors have helped them as well
Vann said she and her husband were staying in a hotel until last week, but they have relocated to an apartment in Tallahassee.  She went on to say they are looking forward to rebuilding.
“We are all family here at the library,” Tabitha Washington, library director, said.  “The library staff, volunteers, patrons, the community —  we take care of each