A love for wanting children to succeed at reading and encouraging their future has propelled Wanda Gray's life.

And this next step is just continuing that passion.

Gray, a resident of Cambridge, was named the youth specialist at the Newcomerstown Public Library after children's librarian Jen Coventry resigned from her post.

Gray has specialized in children's ministries for over 25 years while her husband, Pastor Eldon Gray, serves the congregation. Most recently, he has been named the pastor at the Newcomerstown Church of the Nazarene.

She said her goal as youth specialist at the library is to make it more friendly for youth, especially boys. They are even opening up an area to play games at the library so they can interact, but also they will be having art classes and book clubs.

"Hopefully, we'll have a lot more fun things (to do at the library)," she said.

But being able to do this, she is seeking a Teen Advisory Group to help her succeed at making the library more kid- and teen-friendly.

She also is looking for more home-school students to come to the library.

Meanwhile, the library will offer preschool storytimes on Mondays and baby storytimes on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

"I have great plans for the summer program of health and staying fit in the future," she said.

She admits she has a lot of plans and has set her goals high having only been with the library a few weeks, but she's willing to make them happen.

Gray said she is willing to come and talk to any groups or clubs that want to learn about the library but she hopes more children and teens will take advantage of the services offered at the Newcomerstown Public Library.