SHIPPENSBURG — Susan Sanders, executive director of the Shippensburg Public Library for the last 10 years, has resigned.
“It was just a personal decision to move in another direction,” she said. “It’s not that I’m unhappy here. It’s just time to bring this chapter to a close. I’ve not settled on a direction yet.”
Sanders, 50, has seen increased attendance at children’s programs and led the way as the library works to raise funds for a major expansion and renovation project set to begin next summer.
Sanders said her decision to resign was difficult, in part because of the expansion project.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” said Sanders, who will stay on the job for the next six months while the library searches for a new director. “I want to be sure the fundraising and expansion stay on track. My goal is to make it as trouble-free a transition as possible.”
Sanders grew up in the Chicago area and lived in South Carolina for a few years before moving to Syracuse, N.Y. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a master’s degree in library science from Syracuse University.
In her letter of resignation, Sanders said she appreciates the library board’s willingness to “take a chance” and offer her a job.
Although she is uncertain of her future, Sanders said she has no immediate plans to leave Shippensburg.
“But I will miss the people,” she said. “It’s a great group. I really value the people I work with, and the people who walk through the doors.
“I enjoy working with everyone associated with the library — the staff, the board, the Friends of the Library. The patrons are enjoyable as well. That’s what we’re all about. We put so much time into making sure the community is served well.”
Jo Anne Coy, president of the library’s board of trustees, said she was “surprised and saddened” to learn of Sanders’ resignation, but said she “totally understands and respects her reasons for moving on to a new challenge, whatever that turns out to be.”
“I fully support her and am grateful for the conditions of her resignation, which provide us the time to hire a new director with whom she will work to guarantee a smooth transition.
The executive director of the Cumberland County Library System will work with the local library board’s search committee to find a new director.