Veteran library director retires after 14 years
CROWN POINT — Community members said farewell Thursday to the Crown Point Community Library director credited with bringing the new building at 122 N. Main St. to fruition.
Lynn Frank, who has been with the city’s library system for 26 years, 14 as director, announced her retirement earlier this year. Her last day of work was Friday. Library and city officials, business leaders and community members gathered Thursday in the Main Street branch to celebrate Frank’s career and say goodbye.
“It’s not easy (leaving). There’s an awful lot of faces and friends I will miss,” Frank said.
Patrick Schuster, president of the library board, described Frank’s retirement as a “bittersweet moment.”
Frank joined the CPCL in 1988 as a part-time reference assistant. She became head of reference services in 1996. After completing her master’s degree in library science from Dominican University she took over as director in 2000.
Schuster thanked Frank for the “drive to … create a community center with books” that the new library has become. He said it was Frank’s vision of what a library should be that helped shape the new building and her efforts that helped pushed the project forward to fruition in October 2012.
Schuster said Frank has earned her retirement but her knowledge and expertise will be missed.
“Your contributions to the library are absolutely timeless.”
Frank said she was proud to have been a part of the library system the construction of the state- of-the-art library on the downtown square. She said the library system has come a long way and grown in many ways along with the building.
“Look where we were 14 years ago,” she said. Community support from groups like Friends of the Library continues to grow
“We are all one group working toward one goal,” Frank said. “This has been a big job. We all worked on it and all came through.”
Sarah Long was hired by the library board to serve as the interim library director while Bradbury & Associates conducts a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.