The Deerfield Public Library Board of Trustees and Staff hope you’ll join us at the community open house celebration for Library Director Mary Pergander. The event will take place at the Library on Thursday, May 21, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Library Board President Ron Simon shared these thoughts in the Library’s Browsing newsletter:

Back on June 16, 2006, the DPL Board was pleased to announce Mary Pergander as our next Library Director.  Now, with Mary retiring after nine years of exemplary service to our community, we thank her wholeheartedly.  Perhaps her biggest accomplishment was her outstanding leadership in bringing us our new library.  This process alone required innumerable decisions by Mary while she continued to run our library with virtually no service interruption.  Our new library would not be standing as it is today without Mary’s vision and leadership.

Maryretirementflyerimage_finalMary also strove to make the Library patron experience as user-friendly as possible.  A vibrant website, drop boxes, the hold shelves, a café area, self-checkout & return, more and more programming for all ages (including at off-site locations), an explosion of e-materials, extended loan times, outreach to our schools…Mary continually examined our processes and improved them.  With these projects, we often heard the words the Board loved to hear – “On time and on (or under) budget”.

As we prepare to bid Mary a very fond farewell, we hope you’ll join us at her open house going-away celebration. On behalf of the entire DPL community, Mary, we gratefully say thank you and wish you all the best.