Looking at our Libraries: Staff and volunteers honored for being the backbone

Here we are, already a few days into the new year. The last two weeks have passed especially fast. My plan today is to look back on 2016 and forward to 2017 with an emphasis on library people: the employees, board members, volunteers and others who work to make your Collier County library experience better.

Big changes occurred at the top of the library organization over the last two years, beginning with the retirement in February 2015 of Director Marilyn Matthes, after 33 years with our library system. Some of us who have lived here for many years remember her predecessor, John Jones. Valerie Kocin from the Cuyahoga County Library System, with Cleveland, Ohio, as its largest city, was announced as the new director.

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