New Library Director Is Ready To Share Her Love For Reading

The Nashville Public Library has a new face behind the reference desk.

Kelsey Schaepperkoetter began her position as the new library director on December 12. She succeeds previous director Dennis Gregory, who retired in November.

“It’s been going pretty well actually,” Schaepperkoetter said. “All of our patrons are extremely nice and have been very welcoming. It’s just been a process of learning all the systems, learning how to check books in, check books out, how to order and things like that.”

Schaepperkoetter graduated from Okawville Junior Senior High School in 2012. She then attended Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, earning an associate in arts degree. She would then finish her bachelor’s degree in English language and literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a minor in mass communications.

Schaepperkoetter said her love for books was something she developed at an early age and continued into adulthood.

“As a kid, I’ve always read books,” she said. “They were kind of my realm away from home. They were how I coped with a lot of things, how I grew up, how I evolved into the woman I am now.”

To find out more about Kelsey, pick up this week’s issue of The Nashville News!

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