Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Book Nook by Sally Bannen

Windham Public Library Director, Inese Gruber, has announced that she will be retiring on May 23.  After 23 years at the Windham Public Library, she is stepping down to enjoy family life and traveling. 

Originally hired as the reference librarian, Inese helped the public with their requests and questions for four years.  When Joanne Kellogg retired as director in 1994, Inese was the obvious and unanimous choice to bring the library into the future.  For 19 years, Inese has served as director, seeing the utilization of the library addition, the automation of the library collection, and addition of new collection formats (CDs and DVDs to name a few), and the ever-growing community needs.  She has been “the face of the library”, as she served as liaison between the library and the community. As town manager Tony Plante, recently said when he announced the retirement to the town councilors, “I think Inese has been a great director, a great advocate for the library… she’s enthusiastic and passionate about things… very upbeat.”  It is with sadness for ourselves, but great happiness and fondness for her, that we wish her well as she retires.

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