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Morris library welcomes director with reception

MORRIS – The public is invited to a reception Sunday afternoon to welcome the new Morris Area Public Library director Lorene Kennard.

“We are happy with Lorene. She’s come up with a lot of good new ideas,” Board President Jo Dergo said. “It’s been such a long haul.”

The board voted in June to hire Kennard, a Morris native.

Kennard, born and raised in Grundy County, attended Morris Elementary School District 54 until sixth grade, when the family moved to Mazon. She graduated from the former Mazon-Verona-Kinsman High School.

She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in English from Illinois State University, and her master’s degree in library information science from the University of South Carolina.

Kennard worked at White Oak Library District – which covers Crest Hill, Romeoville and Lockport – before accepting the position at Morris.

“I’m really excited to be the director of my hometown library,” she said when she was hired in June. 

The position opened in August 2013, when former library director Kyla Waltermire resigned. The reason behind her resignation has not been shared publicly. 

Teen space unveiling

The community is also invited to view the new Teen Space at the Morris Area Public Library.

As the recipient of the annual Bowker-Ostrem-Holderman Endowment, the library purchased new furniture, shelving, a rug, books and other materials for teens in grades six through 12.

The Community Foundation of Grundy County stewards the grant funds of the endowment, which was set up by the Holderman granddaughters to benefit the library and lifelong learning.

The teen space will be unveiled at the open house on Sunday.

What: The Morris Area Public Library invites the community to attend a reception to welcome Lorene Kennard as the new director
When: 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 17
Where: Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St.
Etc: Refreshments will be served by volunteers from the Friends of the Library group
Know more: For information, call the library at 815-942-6880

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