Vet­eran li­brary direc­tor re­tires af­ter 14 years

Post-Tribune - - Local - BY CAR­RIE NAPOLEON Post-Tri­bune cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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