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Melvin Keith Burton, American librarian. 3M-JMRT Professional Development grantee JMRT of American Library Association, Chicago, 1978.


Burton, Melvin Keith was born on July 21, 1952 in St. Louis. Son of Marvin Everett and Ethel Pernelia (Norrington) Burton.


Bachelor, Central Methodist College, 1973. Master of Library Science, University Missouri, 1974.


Children's library, Natrona County Library., Casper, Wyoming, 1976-1979;children's library, Phoenix Public Library., 1979-1981;children's library, St. Louis Public Library., 1981-1988;branch library manager, St. Louis Public Library., 1988-1990;supervisor childrens services, Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library., Gastonia, North Carolina, 1990-1997;children's information specialist, Public Library. Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, since 1997. Member of commission on services to children with special needs American Library Association, Chicago, 1977.

Member Caldecott Award Committee, Chicago, 1981-1982. President Metropolitan Library. Association, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1994.


  • Other Work

    • Storyteller (cassettes) Storytelling Kaleidoscope, 1978.


The human race, with an acceptance of Christ, is destined to inherit a condition and quality of life that is beyond the imaginations of man.


The state cannot control the church, nor should the church attempt to dominate the state. However, religious expression should be present in public life.


All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self.


Board member, advisory board member Yeatman Community School, St. Louis, 1986-1987. Member Historic Hyde Park, St. Louis, 1987-1990. Board member Hyde Park Housing Organization, St. Louis, 1989-1990.

Member North Carolina Library. Association (board member children's services section 1990-1996), Metrolina Library. Association, Gaston Chordweavers (vice president membership 1995-1996).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: barbershop harmony singing, basketball.


Married Roberta Lea Stewart, August 24, 1975. Children: Andrew, Melanie.

Marvin Everett Burton

Ethel Pernelia (Norrington) Burton

Roberta Lea Stewart

Andrew Burton

Melanie Burton