Libraries are dead? Continued growth and positive leadership moves in the Cedar Rapids Metro Library Network tell a different story.

As a plan to expand its facilities moves forward, the Marion Public Library has named a new director.

The Gazette reports a new library facility has been approved that would be built and replace space occupied by Marion Square Plaza Shopping Center at 1101-1129 7th Avenue. Hollie Trenary has been hired as the library's new director, after serving as Operations Manager at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. She will oversee everything at the Marion facility from human resources, collection development, financial operations and more.

It's a role Trenary will take over September 4th, and one she should be well suited for, having two decades of experience in the library industry, and being part of the success and growth of the Cedar Rapids Public Library in the years since the flood of 2008. The downtown branch reopened in 2014 in a space formerly used by TrueNorth at 450 5th Ave SE.

Hiawatha has also recently secured needed funds for library upgrades, making it clear that this important public resource is far from being on its last legs in our community.

[Via Gazette, Gazette]