Say hello to La Crosse Public Library's newest Information Services Manager-to-be (ermm...that would be me). I received my Letter of Offer today, and assuming the criminal background check and drug screen come back okay, I will hit the floor running on June 1. (Thank goodness I gave up opiates for Lent!) The folks I interviewed with were sharp, funny and passionate about their work and community. The library was impressive to me, and to the locals I interviewed while I was in town, including the hotel maid who talked my ear off about the library's services and programs.La Crosse itself was charming and downright exotic to this lifelong central Illinoisan. It just felt like a good place to be. The Raccoons, Jr. are on-board and up for the biggest adventure of their lives and Mr. Raccoon has been waiting patiently for me to shake things up a bit. Consider them shook!
Big thanks to all of you who have offered advice and encouragement along the way. Your friendship and collegiality have been invaluable.
The flip side of this is leaving a community I've known my whole life and colleagues I've known, admired, and learned from, the past 10 years. I'm sure I'll shed more than a few tears the next few months, but am excited about giving my best to a new community and library.