The Board of Trustees of Allegan District Library takes great pleasure in announcing the new Director of the Library, Ryan Deery. Mr. Deery is from Suttons Bay, Michigan and was selected from a number of applicants during a national search conducted by Hartzell-Mika Consulting firm. The Trustees and staff welcome him and look forward to having him and his family in Allegan.
Mr. Deery has sent the following as an introduction. Please stop in the library after October 1st to meet him in person and welcome him to our community.
“When I received the call that I was being offered the opportunity to join the Allegan District Library community an irrepressible smile spread across my face. You see, I am a die-hard believer in the power of libraries to be the educational, recreational, and cultural heart of the community and the chance to be part of both a library and community that share this vision and passion was too much to contain.
This passion did not arise from just anywhere. Like many of you, my love for libraries first began to grow in a Carnegie building. Technically, I was born and raised in Petoskey Michigan however, the Petoskey District Library and its cozy and inspiring Carnegie building is where I truly grew up. At the University of Michigan, I spent as much time in the shelves of the graduate library as a page shelving books as I did in class while completing an English degree. However, it wasn’t until after spending time in Illinois, Chile, Alaska, and at Utah State University where I completed a Masters in English that my love for libraries and my belief in their ability to empower individuals and whole communities truly grew.
Wanting to repay some of the good fortune I had experienced in life, I applied to be a part of the AmeriCorps program through the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Vermont. There I spent a year serving as the fund development, outreach, and adult programming assistant. It was during this year of service that I knew I had found my calling.
Fortunately, when my year of AmeriCorps service expired, I was offered a job as the Children’s and Young Adult Programming and Circulation Librarian right at the Kellogg-Hubbard. At the same time, I was accepted to Wayne State University’s Master’s of Library and Information Science Program as a Fellow in the ALFA program (Accessible Libraries for All).
Yet during this period, just as my love of libraries grew, the tug to return to my gorgeous and beloved home state also increased. In 2012, the opportunity to become the Director of the Suttons Bay Bingham District Library on the Leelanau Peninsula arose and I leapt at the chance. I have spent the last four years transforming a rural library into what has been called “the beloved living room of the community.”
It is precisely this excitement and passion that I will bring to the Allegan District Library and to your community. Yet that is not all, as your Director, I will uphold the Core Values of literacy, collaboration, and responsibility and continue the Vision and Mission of the ADL. I will work with and develop staff so we can best serve our members and community. I will continue and build upon partnerships within the community and with other municipalities. Lastly, I will continue the efforts of the Improvement and Renovation Plan all with a great big smile across my face. So, if you happen to see someone with just such a large smile wandering down through the shelves, down the street, or at a community meeting, please stop me and say hi. I’d love to meet you.”