Woodstock Public Library books its next director

WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock Public Library Board of Trustees has named a Wisconsin man as the next director of Woodstock Public Library, the library board announced.

Nick Weber, currently director of Mukwonago Community Library in Mukwonago, Wis., will take the position Jan. 14.

“I’m very excited about it,” Weber said. “From what I know of Woodstock, it’s a wonderful library and a wonderful community, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about both of them.”

Weber, 43, replaces Mary Petro, who left in August to become director of the North Suburban District Library in Loves Park. Reference Librarian and Network Administrator Marsha Hansen has filled the role in the interim.

Weber said he’s excited to face the challenge of a larger, more diverse population. The library he’s leaving serves a community of about 22,000 people, although Mukwonago’s population is about 7,500 people.

Woodstock Public Library has twice the staff and service area of Mukwonago’s, Weber said.

Among the challenges will be bringing in people from all ages and education levels, he said, and that’s a good challenge to have.

“I love the fact that libraries bring in all sorts of people. We get to serve all kinds of people,” Weber said.

After Petro announced she was leaving, the library formed a search committee that included the library board, a member of the Rural Woodstock Public Library District and two library staff representatives.

“We had a very strong pool of finalist candidates to interview, and the thoroughness of the process means we are confident that Nick Weber will be an asset to the library and the community,” Mary Ann Lenzen, president of the library’s board of trusteess, said in a news release.

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