Sue Quinn has announced that she will retire from the position of Director of River Forest Public Library. Sue’s last day in the building will be October 20th, although she will continue to consult as needed until a new Director is in place. Sue is working closely with Deborah Hill, President of the Library’s Board of Trustees, to ensure a smooth transition to a new Director. The Board has retained a consulting firm HR Source to assist in the search for a new director. During this time, Joanna Bertucci (Operations Manager) and Amy Grossman (Children’s Services Manager) will serve as interim co-directors.
“Under Sue’s leadership, the Library has reimagined its role in the Village to serve as a true community center. The Board is grateful for Sue’s creative management of so many challenges, the latest being COVID-19, where safety and access were twin concerns. We wish her a well deserved retirement.” – Deborah Hill
Sue came to the Library in 2007 and held several positions, including Manager of Children’s Services, Head of Strategic Services, and Assistant Director, before taking on the role of Director in April 2016. During her 4 years in the position, Sue’s leadership ensured that the Library continued to meet the changing needs of the River Forest community.
Her steadiness and resolve were vital in leading the library through several challenges. Sue successfully oversaw a renovation project in 2019 that resulted in a beautiful lobby with improved accessibility and more efficient workspaces, despite several setbacks. Earlier that same year, the building experienced a complete heating outage during a cold snap, resulting in several burst pipes and damages to multiple systems. Sue quickly stepped in to efficiently manage the repairs. The biggest challenge of all came in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic. As with everything else faced during her leadership, Sue met this challenge head on, quickly making adjustments to services and offerings so that the Library could continue to serve the community in the best way possible.
“This was a difficult decision for me. I have poured my heart and soul into the River Forest Library over the past 13 years. In return, my work here has provided me with invaluable opportunities to meet so many interesting people, learn from my dynamic colleagues and develop new skills. Above all, it has challenged me to grow as a leader.” -Sue Quinn
Sue is looking forward to having more free time to spend with her family, walking her dog Sunshine, doing yoga, and of course, reading. She will be profoundly missed.