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Jenrich Helping Library Turn a Page

Andrew Jenrich was named the new Taft Public Library Director.



It's been more than six months since Andrew Jenrich was appointed the Taft Public Library's new Director and it appears this latest chapter for him and the Library came at the perfect time.

Jenrich has been working at the Mendon Library since 2006 starting out as the full-time Children's Librarian. He has lived in Medway for more than 10 years but was born and raised in Wisconsin. He received him Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin. Upon his college graduation, he worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Ball State University in Indiana and at one point also owned a bookstore in Wisconsin. He says it was his wife's job that eventually brought him to the Baystate and where eventually found his job at the Taft Public Library.

Over the past two years, the Taft Public Library has seen its share of directors come and go. After former part-time Director Carrie Grimshaw resigned in November, Jenrich was appointed to the position. At the request of the Library Trustees, the Board of Selectmen then approved the Director's position as full-time and the Children's Librarian part-time. In April, Lisa Stratton was named the new Children's Librarian.

According to Library Trustee Susan Darnell, the timing of the newly needed Director's position made Jenrich the obvious choice, saying, "Andrew had the children's program growing so successfully. And his skills and talents were growing too. He was ready to take on that job."

Although he now oversees all aspects of running the library, Jenrich says he's thankful that he continues to interact with patrons, which means a great deal to him. "I still have a lot of face time with people," Jenrich said He has developed such a great rapport with the patrons and his colleagues over the years. "They just love him," Darnell said. "And he has a very thoughtful management style."

He says for now he has no intention of changing any of the library's polices. However, one thing he is hoping to do is increase the adult programs in the fall.

But for now, the library is extremely busy with this year's Summer Reading Program, Dig Into Reading, Jenrich will be involved with the program helping Stratton with activities and events. Upcoming events include the very popular Cardboard Boat Race at the Town Beach on July 18 and a magic show at the Mendon Senior Center on July 24. More information on the Summer Reading Program can be found at www.taftpubliclibrary.org.

Jenrich says he's also very excited about the impending new library. In November 2012, residents passed two debt exclusions to purchase the former St. Michael's property and renovate it for a new library. The newly renovated building will add an additional 4,000 square feet and provide ample parking. "Certainly the vote in and of itself said a lot," he said.

It is hoped that construction will begin sometime in the fall. Jenrich said he been helping with input and will be doing whatever else he can to assist with the project. "It's going to be great when it's complete," he said. "There's definitely an enthusiasm about it."




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