Library director prepares for move

"I think it will be exciting," she said. Although, Gutelius admitted that getting her children settled into a new community will be difficult.

"There is a lot to do between now and then, but I am really looking forward to starting my new job," she said.

Gutelius said she initially sought a degree in journalism from Carleton College in London, Canada, but shortly after entering college, she changed her major to history and English. However, she said, she did not want to be a teacher, which would be the logical job considering her background. She recognized her love of reading and combined that with her enjoyment of working in the university library, which lead her to seek a master's of library and information science from the University of Western Ontario.

Gutelius has been working in the library since receiving her degree.

As a child, Gutelius said her mother would laugh because she always had her "nose in a book."

She shares her love of reading with her oldest daughter, in fact she said, she has to tell her to put her book down for dinner.

Gutelius enjoys the "Anne of Green Gables" series by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Although she prefers fiction, Gutelius is reading "Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic," by Irene Gammel, which explains the rationale behind the book series.

Her love of the Gables series is clear, as she named one of her daughters Anne.

Gutelius will replace Josephine Piracci, who will retire in July after 32 years of service to the library.

"It's going to be hard to fill her shoes," Gutelius said of Piracci.

Beginning in September, the library will remain open until 9 p.m. on Monday and Thursday nights.

A survey conducted by the library's Board of Trustees, which was available at the library's circulation desk, revealed that 64 percent of survey participants were in favor of extending hours with the majority of respondents preferring the extension during weekday evenings.


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