Because Gaylord could not drive the stick-shift bus, the library hired another driver whom she accompanied as the “InMobile” visited neighborhoods and day care centers. Gaylord provided story hours for the children and worked with them at the center.
Gaylord entered UK’s Library Science program two years later, and for the next five years she worked full time, cared for and eventually lost her critically ill husband, raised four children and worked on her degree as a part-time student.
After graduating, Gaylord moved into a full-time professional librarian position at Lexington Public Library. She worked at the Northside Branch and at the Central Library. She currently serves as the assistant manager at Lexington’s Eagle Creek Branch. Gaylord remains the only black librarian employed at the Lexington Public Library.
Her nomination letter from Kathleen Imhoff, director of the Lexington Public Library, notes the positive relationship Gaylord has with both her staff and the public and acknowledges the special effort Gaylord puts forth to include everybody because she wants people “not to be afraid to come in.”