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River Rapids Library welcomes new director and old friend

By Jeanne Marcello
Tri-County Citizen Staff Reporter

Lynne Clark - New Director

Lynne Clark is the new director of Chesaning’s River Rapids District Library, as of Sept. 30. Photo by Jeanne Marcello

CHESANING – There’s a new library director at the River Rapids District Library in Chesaning, but she’s already well-known to the Chesaning community. Lynne Clark is the new library director. She’s a long-time friend of the local library and the Chesaning community.

Clark taught kindergarten for 30 years at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish School. Since it was a part-time job, she also worked at the Chesaning library for 13 years. When Our Lady school closed in 2010, she needed to find a job with more hours.

The Ashley District Library hired her as a full-time library director. The Ashley District Library served as both the library for Ashley Public Schools and the public library.

“It was nice, I could use both my teaching experience and my library experience,” Clark said. While serving the Ashley library, she continued to live in the Village of Chesaning and served on the River Rapids District Library Board.

About two months ago, former River Rapids District Library Director Sally Alexander retired for health reasons. The library board offered Clark the job.

Clark explained that James Goff served as office manager while Alexander was sick. Now, he’s helping Clark getting settled in her new position.

“It’s working out great for me. It’s closer to home. I’m happy to see all the Chesaning library patrons again. The only bad part is I had to resign from the library board, because it would have been a conflict of interest,” she said

When asked what she enjoys about being a librarian, Clark said, “I enjoy helping people find books and seeing all the people every day.”

Clark’s first day as director was Tuesday, Oct. 1. She said, “I have a lot to learn. It does help that I worked here before.”

When asked about her vision for the library, Clark said, “I would like to see the library grow and offer a variety of things to the patrons.” In the meantime, they’re replacing some carpeting and installing new flooring in the bathroom.

“I’m just excited to be here, because I love this library. It feels like I’m home now,” Clark said.

Used with the kind permission of TriCounty Citizen