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North Versailles Public Library welcomes new director

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 2:11 a.m.

North Versailles Public Library has a director.

Carrie Nurnberger, who started her new job last Thursday, holds a master's degree in library and information sciences from Kent State and a bachelor's degree in professional writing from La Roche College.

She said she hopes to bolster reading services for children and young adults.

“I'm excited to maybe get a teen department started,” Nurnberger said.

She said the library' preschool reading program is under way.

“Right now we're just trying to get programming for everyone,” she said.

She said the library plans to add basic computer literacy classes for adults in November. Dates are being finalized.

Nurnberger was the young adult librarian for three years at Western Allegheny Community Library, and then director of marketing and development. She has held positions at Shaler North Hills Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland.

Nurnberger said she hopes to introduce outreach programs into schools and other institutions “so more people can come here and enjoy what we have to offer.”

The hiring follows a tumultuous period for the library stemming from the abrupt termination of former director Michael Kowalcheck and his assistant, Karen Schmidt-Ramsey, in July over a dispute with trustees surrounding program offerings.

The crisis resulted in library hours being reduced to 32 per week. Hours since have been restored to 46 hours per week.

The terminations resulted in a backlash from the community and, to a lesser extent, commissioners, some of whom indicated they hadn't been properly kept abreast of library affairs by trustees.

Board of commissioners president George Thompson said on Tuesday he is speaking frequently with board president Mary Ann Fetsick, and that the library hopefully is moving forward.

Thompson said the new director is “well qualified and doing a good job so far.”

“Carrie is intelligent, highly qualified and an extremely good fit for our library,” trustee Louise Beswick said. “We are excited to have her as our director.”

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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