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Marion names new library director

City closing in on creating bigger library

Hollie Trenary, announced as Marion Public Library’s 12th director on August 10, 2018
Hollie Trenary, announced as Marion Public Library’s 12th director on August 10, 2018

Working to finalize a plan for a larger public library, the city of Marion announced Friday it has hired a new library director: Hollie Trenary, currently the operations manager for the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

When she starts her new job Sept. 4, Trenary will oversee human resources, facilities, the collection development and the financial operations of the library, the city said in its announcement.

“We are pleased to have Hollie join our staff as director,” Susan Kling, president of the Library Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “Her experience with libraries, her passion for service and her far-reaching community connections will help her fit into this new role quickly.”

Trenary has been in the library industry nearly two decades, developing a deep understanding of how technology can be used to better connect library customers with information.

“I am humbled every day to work in an industry that plays such an essential and impactful role in society,” Trenary said in a statement. “I cannot imagine a greater responsibility than leading the team that provides library services in Marion every day.”

Four years after launching the planning process, Marion is closing in on creating a new library that would be the centerpiece of a mixed-use development in the Uptown neighborhood.

The new facility would be at the site now occupied by Marion Square Plaza at 1101-1129 Seventh Ave.

Trenary replaces Elsworth Carman, who had been hired in 2017 to be the library director.

Carman later was named director of administrative services for the city, which created the vacancy.

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