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Portrait posthumously honors long time library director

Carole Robinson
Library Coordinator Jeffie Nicholson stands by a portrait of Janice Keck. 

On Tuesday, a year after Williamson County Library Director Janice Keck died suddenly, a portrait by Cynthia Billingsley was unveiled in the Library’s main branch.

With tears filling her eyes, Jeffie Nicholson, main library coordinator told the small gathering, “Janice spent 32 years at the library. Whenever anyone looked for her, they checked the library first.”

During her tenure, Keck oversaw the expansion of the library branch system into outlaying communities, built new libraries and moved the main library from Five Points to its current location on Columbia Avenue.

“Thanks to her foresight, we have a solid foundation for the future of her library,” Nicholson added.

Billingsley, who donated the piece, used three photographs to create the portrait that depicts Janice by a row of books in her library.

“[Janice] was an amazing person,” said Kay Bjork, long-time friend and president of Friends of the Williamson County Library. “She was so interested in music, art, and books and so dedicated to both the library and her daughter, Julia. She did many wonderful things for the library and she was a very dear friend.”

The portrait is located in the upper level of the library.


Posted on: 2/23/2012


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