Letter from the Director: Autumn Changes

Dear Greene County Public Library friends and family,

It’s that time of the year again when the leaves turn and the air grows colder. We trade out the shorts and Hawaiian shirts for jeans and sweaters. It’s a time of change. Greene County Public Library is having its share of autumnal changes. Just as leaves shed from a branch, we have some leaving of our own at our library branches.* 

In August we said farewell to JoEllen Fannin, Head Librarian of Winters-Bellbrook Community Library. JoEllen worked for the library for more than 30 years, starting as a substitute librarian in 1986. She began full-time work for the library a couple years later. For the last 15 years, she has been at the helm of the small, but mighty Bellbrook library. As JoEllen retires, we wish her well. 

Replacing JoEllen’s steadfast, quiet-yet-decisive leadership is a near-impossible task, but we lucked out. Sue Jeffery, previously Head Librarian of Cedarville Community Library, has made the move south and west to Bellbrook. Sue has been with Greene County Public Library for five years, working first as a Youth Services Librarian before taking on the role of Head Librarian. 

You can see where this is going. Now Cedarville is left open. No worries though. Eden Allison, longtime Beavercreek Reference Librarian, has stepped up into that role. 

More changes are in the works. Our makerspace, Spark Place, is expanding its operations. Our Library Links publications will also be expanding to include more programs and information in the coming months.

Karl Colón, Director

*Our marketing team is really going to be upset by this. Our libraries are “Community Locations” rather than “branches.” But I really can’t figure out a different way to work in an overwrought seasonal metaphor.