The Dysart Fine Arts Club donated an arts book to the Norma Anders Public Library to honor library director Deb Reed on her retirement. Dancers Among Us, A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday, is a New York Times bestseller by photographer Jordan Matter. The selection adds to the library fine arts selections and is a nod to the Fine Arts Club decades of support for Jeune Attente Dance.
Deb started her career at the library more than 22 years ago as the assistant. With the departure of the director after her first month, Deb accepted the leadership (and the learning curve) for a library that would undergo many changes during her tenure.
Moving into the new Norma Anders Library is a career highlight. "I'm thankful each day for the luxury of space in our current library quite a contrast to our cramped conditions in the former library space!" She added, "having the community room has helped us expand the perception of what our library can offer."
Deb Reed retired as director of Norma Anders Public Library this week. The Dysart Fine Arts Club honored her with an addition the library fine arts collection.
Getting the card catalog online and getting circulation records online were big projects that required time and patience. Deb earned library certification and ushered the library through the accreditation process two firsts for the Dysart library. Accreditation validates the library capacity for service and opens the door for additional state funding.
Deb encourages the community to let the new library director, Janene Krug, know how the library can continue to change and improve services in the community. "Remember that we have interlibrary borrowing, so our collection of resources includes books from libraries throughout Iowa. If we don't' have it, just ask the staff member if it is available through interlibrary loan."
She hopes the programming for adults and the book clubs will continue to be popular.
The gifts of friendship will be among Deb's most cherished memories of her career at the library a testimonial that the library is a social center as well as a center for leisure and learning. "Serving at the library over so many years gave me the advantage of knowing what people like to read," she said. "I can tell you that the suspense genre is a favorite."
What does the retired library director like to read? "I like to read feel-good books by Kristen Hannah and Dorthea Benton Frank and, yes, I prefer to borrow the books rather than purchase them," Deb said. Retirement will allow for more time to read and time to visit some of the places she's learned about through books, magazines and library programming. "Serving at the library has been a big part of my identity, so I'll have to make some adjustments and some new discoveries for the next stage of life!"
Dancers Among Us will be available after February 7.