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Avoca Public Library Staffing Announcements

After 15 years of service as the Library Director, Serena Riesgaard has announced her retirement effective May 31st. Serena stated," Our goal has been to provide the best personal service to our communities of the school district, rural Pott. County, and contracted cities of Hancock, Shelby and Neola. It's been a pleasure to serve with the awesome support of the Board of Trustees and the City Council and staff. I can't imagine having a more professional and dependable team of library staff to work with and I will definitely miss our daily camaraderie."

Kim Gress has served the library part-time for the past 26 years and will retire on May 31st.Kim states, "I've enjoyed working at the library and have seen so many changes over the years. I have worked with great people and have met so many wonderful people at the library." Kim will continue to be the City Clerk for Hancock.

Jeanette Bartunek has served our patrons part time as the Children's Program Librarian for over 13 years. She will be stepping down March 31st. Jeanette states, "I've really loved my time at the library and the opportunity to be part of such an extraordinary team. I know through our mission we've fostered not only a love of reading, but a love of the public library for patrons. While it's hard to leave the job I love so much, it's rewarding knowing that we've accomplished that."

During your next stop at the library, please thank Serena, Kim, and Jeanette for their years of service, and for their role in providing the greater Avoca area with an innovative and outstanding service.

Board of Trustees, Avoca Public Library