I can't believe it's been 11 years since I became the Linton Public Library director in Linton.
I can still remember my interview for the position. I was told the board was looking at making changes in the library to better serve our community. Then we spent seven years on building the new one and expanding our services.
So many other things happened during those few short years -- Katrina and 9-11 being the most memorable.
The town has grown and library usage has increased greatly. We see young and old, rich and poor come through our doors. This is your library built for you and the improvement of lives in your town. And, it's more than just books -- it's a place to come and visit friends, enjoy a program, learn about a new hobby or find some long lost relatives, use a computer to find more information or stay in touch with friends and relatives, prop your feet up in a comfortable recliner and read a newspaper or magazine.
And, of course, there are books you can listen to or check out and read. If we don't have it, usually we can find it for you.
I have watched our services mushroom so much over the past few years, and I am so proud of how much we, the staff and board, have accomplished. Now that all of this has been achieved, it is time for me to move on to another phase of life, which will include my husband's much desired retirement and our move to Michigan for me to be the director at another library.
So, on the library's webpage is the listing of the opening for the library director position and the submission requirements. If you know anyone who would be interested, please direct them there. I feel confident the board will find just the right person who will continue to carry the library forward along with the growth of the town.
Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, we are hoping to have enough by May 15 to start interviewing.
Linton has been a great place to live and raise our children and get to know people. I will miss it and all the friends we have made. We are already making plans to come back and attend some of the events that happen here during the year, so I am sure I will still see some of you around town.
I have many pictures of the area to take with me to tell my new friends how much they would like Linton.
Shelley is the executive director of the Linton Public Library. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .