06/17/2010: "SJI Library Director Moving On"
Laura Tretter, director of the San Juan Island Library since 2006, announced that she will be leaving to accept a position with the Bayfield Public Library near Durango, Colorado. She will be leaving in mid-July.
The Director position has already been posted both regionally and nationally by the Board of Trustees. “In the meantime Melina and our great library staff will work hard to keep everything going during the transition,” Tretter said.
“I know I will miss this community and library, Tretter added. “My hope is that I have given half as much to the library and community as has been given to me. Outside of work I will miss many of the small, simple things about life here. The beaches, running with friends, fire pits, the lack of fast food restaurants and other big chains, the way the sun glows through the trees. But I’m already lining up new adventures in Colorado and convincing people to visit me out there.”
A reception for well wishers will be hosted at the library on Laura Tretter’s last day of work, Wednesday July 14 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to drop in.
During Tretter’s tenure, the library has increased daily visitors, circulation, and computer use while keeping budget increases to a minimum. Tretter emphasized programming to extend the range of people who use the library, launching the Live and Learn series of programs for adults. She has been active in many community organizations on the island, forming partnership opportunities for the library.