Fremont Public Library District
The Board of Trustees of the Fremont Public Library District in Mundelein voted to hire Laura Long as the Library’s Director during their September board meeting. The decision comes after conducting a nationwide search following the retirement of the previous Library Director, Scott Davis. Long will begin on November 1, 2023.
Long comes to Fremont from the East Moline Public Library where she has been Director since 2014. Before leading East Moline, she was a director at library districts in Sherrard and Silvis, Illinois.
The Board appreciates Long’s experience with library finances and her ability to mentor and develop staff. “Laura was very practical, down to earth [in her interviews].” Trustee Allison Wilmes said. “She had lots of ideas but always outlined what was needed to turn that idea into reality.”
Trustee Sharon Smogor liked Ms. Long’s ‘knack’ for connecting with the community. “We expect her to continue building upon the strong partnerships with the other agencies and organizations within the District.”
Assistant and Interim Director Becky Ingram said, “As Fremont Library completes a large renovation project and embarks on new and exciting services, we are perfectly positioned to greet a new director. I’ve heard great things about Laura Long and am looking forward to working with her.” For additional information, visit Fremont’s website at www.fremontlibrary.org.