Scherer assumed her duties as library director on June 1, 1998. While at CPL, Scherer oversaw a library remodeling project, instituted computers and Internet for public use, designated a computer for children’s games, joined the McNaughton book rental service, orchestrated nine Christmas Walks, created a DVD and CD library, organized book discussion groups and allowed for the creation of Book Buddies learning materials for children, just to name a few.
Scherer has been hired as a consultant for the library to help with a potential building expansion. In her free time, she plans to read for the blind, learn Facebook and texting, and possibly travel again.
Churubusco native Rachel Eyerman will now assume her duties as the library director.
Eyerman, a 2003 Churubusco High School graduate, started volunteering at the library at the age of 14 and was hired as a page at the age of 16. She worked at the library over school breaks for a few years in college and returned as a regular employee in 2010 when she moved back to the area.
Eyerman studied at Indiana University, and also in St. Andrews, Scotland for one semester, before graduating with a double major in Anthropology and International Studies. She then went back to IU for graduate school to receive her M.A. in Anthropology with concentrations in Canadian and Global Studies and Human Rights. She is currently taking classes toward a Master of Library Sciences, in part to ensure certification from the State Library for the director’s position.
“I’ve always enjoyed books and reading, and I enjoyed working at the library during high school,” Eyerman said. “I like both working with books and interacting with everyone who comes in. I would say working at the library since middle school has prepared me the most [for the position as library director], along with my close relationship with Carol, who has been a great mentor.”
A few changes are in store for the library. The biggest change will be the new hours, beginning January 1, 2013. The new hours will be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., so the library will be open earlier on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Saturday hours will remain the same being 9a.m. till 2 p.m.
“We have been aware that many people already try to visit the library on Tuesday and Thursday mornings,” Eyerman said, “and since I will be full-time, we will have the staff available to work those hours as well.”
In addition to new hours, the library’s catalog will be available online in the near future.
“I would also like to see an expansion to the library, perhaps with the addition of a meeting room and a larger, more defined children’s area,” Eyerman said.
According to Eyerman, the library’s greatest asset is the people—the staff, the volunteers and the library board.
“The board members really dedicate a lot of time to the library and are always willing to help out,” she said. “The staff and volunteers are always quick to offer assistance, and are almost always smiling. Without them, we would not be the same library we are today.”
“We will all miss Carol as she retires,” Eyerman said. “The library board and staff have been very supportive during this transition, and I hope to continue growing the library.”