On Board with...Minnie Pearson
Minnie Pearson joined the Library Board of Trustees in 2005, having been a part of our strategic planning process in 2003.
Describe the importance of public libraries.
I believe a public library helps to define and enhance the community in which it is located. In many ways, it can be an extremely powerful, important pillar of the community. Champaign is very fortunate to have a wonderful newly built library and many new resources. It is a safe, attractive, inviting, child friendly place for all who walk in. It is evident that the status of our library is reflective of and supported by the generosity of citizens in the Champaign community.
Describe your background and what you bring to the board.
I attended Parkland College then transferred to the U of I, where I received my undergraduate degree and a master’s in elementary education. I taught first grade for over thirty years in the Unit #4 schools. I love working with people and especially children, and am a mentor to two students. I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society. On the University YWCA Board, I’ve served as president and vice president. I was secretary on the Urban League Board for three years, and in Delta Sigma Theta’s local chapter, I’ve served as president and in many other leadership roles. I am currently the education committee chairperson for the NAACP’s Champaign County Branch and a member of the Douglass Branch Advisory Board and the U of I Children’s Youth Literature Festival Committee.
Tell us a little about your family, pets, etc.
My husband, Bobby Pearson, is retired from the U of I as a sound technician. My daughter, Lucretia, works for the U of I. Her son, Chumar Williams, is a senior at Uni High School. I have one son, Bobby Jr., of Denver. He and his wife gave me a granddaughter, Britany. Every Christmas I ask Santa for a little dog, but they must be hard to come by, because I never get one.
What have you read, watched, or listened to lately?
I am reading Black Pain by Terrie M. Williams and recently finished The Color of Water by James McBride. As a retired teacher, good picture books still get my attention every time I enter a library or bookstore. I watch a lot of Book Talk TV and love the History and Animal Channels.