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Library Life feature honors Marilyn Genther

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The Mount Prospect Public Library hosted an open house on June 2 to celebrate the achievements and upcoming retirement of Executive Director Marilyn Genther. More than 150 guests gathered to congratulate Genther and offer their best wishes. After 33 years at MPPL and 27 years as executive director, Genther will retire at the end of June.

During the event, Library staff, friends, and community members were delighted to have the first showing of “A Tribute to Marilyn” with host Cathy Cushing that highlights Genther’s career at MPPL. This feature is part of “Library Life,” which airs daily at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. on MPDC Channel 17, Comcast and WOW as well as Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse.

 

Mount Prospect Public Library Names Reynders Next Executive Director

The Mount Prospect Public Library Board of Trustees voted at a special meeting on April 4 to hire Su Reynders to be the next executive director of the Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL). Current Executive Director Marilyn Genther announced her June retirement this past January.

Reynders comes to MPPL wphoto of Su Reyndersith extensive experience in both libraries and the private sector. She is currently the executive director of the Lincolnwood Public Library District, a position she has held since 2012. Previously, she worked at Reaching Across Illinois Library System as associate executive director as well as Metropolitan Library System in a range of positions, including executive director, director of operations, and special projects coordinator.

“The Mount Prospect Public Library has an established history of providing excellent library services,” said Reynders. “I am excited to build on the Library’s successes so that we can continue to delight the community.”

Before working in libraries, Reynders worked for Technology Asset Management as an asset management consulting manager, and at IBM as a senior implementation specialist.

“Ms. Reynders comes to us with strong executive and management experience,” said Library Board President Sylvia Fulk. “We look forward to her leading the Library into the future along with our strong management team and staff.”

Genther is confident about the team at MPPL and is excited to see Reynders work with the Mount Prospect community.

“The Library is in a good place to transition to new leadership,” said Genther. “We have a great management team and staff, the strategic plan provides clear direction for the immediate future, and the Library continues to have much to offer the residents of Mount Prospect. I leave the Library in excellent hands with Ms. Reynders at the helm.”

“We were very impressed with Ms. Reynders’ professionalism, enthusiasm, and her passion for libraries. She cares deeply about connecting with the community and building relationships,” said Jane Everett, Library Board Trustee and committee chair of the recruitment process.

Lobby Redesign Will Improve Access and Service

In October the lobby will be undergoing renovations to increase efficiency, improve traffic flow, and allow more self-service stations. Neither the Library nor the lobby will need to close during the construction, and all services will be available. And, of course, staff will always be available to assist you.

The renovations will divide the lobby into two service areas: a staffed service desk and a self-service area.

The staffed desk will include both the Registration and Circulation functions, where you can:

  • check out materials
  • ask questions
  • register for programs, and obtain or renew your Library card

The self-service area will contain:

  • self-checkout stations
  • a shelving area where patrons can pick up held items
  • express public computers
  • scanner
  • copier

Volunteer Expo

Participating organizations

  • Bessie’s Table
  • Escorted Transportation Service, Northwest
  • Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library
  • The Grove
  • Hanul Family Alliance
  • Journeys | The Road Home
  • Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation
  • Mount Prospect Junior Women’s Club
  • Mount Prospect Park District Foundation
  • NorthWest Special Recreation Association
  • Purple Asparagus
  • Read to Learn
  • and more!

Participating organization list is subject to change

  • Saturday, September 23, 2017
  • Start Time: 10:00 AM
  • End Time: 3:00 PM
  • Location: Meeting Room A room 154

Find the right volunteer opportunity for you! Connect with more than 20 nonprofit organizations and learn about their work and current volunteer needs. Participate in “speed-volunteering” and take a few minutes to find a fun way to help your community. Open to everyone, including teens, adults, families, and children.