Leann French

Leann French


Library could get new name

Patrons of the Dresser Public Library will soon be seeing more of a familiar face. Volunteer story time leader Leann French has taken over the role of library director. 

Addressing the Dresser Village Board July 1, French described herself as a life long reader, a former teacher and human resources manager. She is active with the Dresser library, participating in its book club and leading story time. 

“That’s been going very well,” she told board members. “We had 16 kids this morning.”

French, who has lived in the Dresser area for more than 20 years, said she plans to continue existing programs at the library as she talks to patrons about potential improvements.

“Initially I really want to meet people and listen to what users of the library need so we can improve our relevance,” she said. “As things become more digital it’s important to figure out what services we can offer so we can be relevant in this digital age.”

She plans to continue the Monday morning story time at 10:30 a.m. and the library’s new Reading Bingo program. For every column or row readers finish they get a note of out-of-circulation currency. When they’ve collected five “reading bucks” they receive a prize. And they can keep the money.

Library board president Sam Malm expressed confidence in French’s abilities.

“I think she’ll be outstanding working with the patrons of the library,” he said.

The village board approved French’s hire July 1 with a July 8 start date.

“Welcome aboard,” said Trustee Richard Durand. “We’re proud to have you here.”

“We’re glad to have you on as our new director,” Malm added.

Wolfe leaves library

John Wolfe, the library’s director since April 2018, left his role at the end of June. In accepting his resignation, Dresser trustees Grace Bjorklund, Richard Durand and Karen Andrie expressed appreciation for the work Wolfe had done with the library.

“We appreciated him working here,” said Bjorklund.

“Yeah, you bet,” said Durand. “He was really, really good.”

“Yes, he was,” said Andrie.

New name?

Dresser’s village library board is forming a committee to research renaming the library in honor of past trustee and library president Geraldine Anderson. 

The board is seeking Dresser residents to serve on the committee, which has meetings planned for July 8 (shortly after the publication of this issue) and August 12, 5:30 p.m. at the library.

Those interested in serving on the committee can notify the library in person, by phone, 715-755-2944, or email bowitz@dresserpubliclibrary.org.

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