County Welcomes New Library Director

Bobbie Morgan is no stranger to settling into new areas.

During her more than 20 years in the library industry, she has worked in libraries or in closely-related fields in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Louisiana.

Her newest position has brought her to the Illinois Valley, where she began working as Putnam County Public Library District director on Jan. 4.

“What I have found in Hennepin is a warm welcome from everyone I have met,” she said. “I absolutely love it.”

When the first snow hit, she returned home and saw her sidewalk and driveway had been cleared for her.

“I don’t think I’ve ever moved into a community where I’ve felt more welcome,” she said.

Randie Dellatori, the former library director who stepped down from the position, was known as being “wonderful” at growing and overseeing the library district, which includes libraries in Hennepin, Granville, McNabb, Magnolia, Standard and Putnam, according to Morgan.

“Randie Dellatori has done a fantastic job,” she said. “I hope to build on what she’s done.”

To begin with, she is weeding out books for third through eighth grades that haven’t been checked out in five years, like older series from the 1940s, 1950s and even 1970s, she said.

“I’m starting with changing the collection to reflect a more modern focus,” she said.

She’s also working on making the shelves more appealing and inviting for those in that age group.

This year marks the district’s 75th anniversary, and the staff will be setting up the programs that residents have enjoyed over the years at the various libraries throughout the county.

“Each library is unique and has its own history and I think that is wonderful,” Morgan said.

Source: News Tribune