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NL’s library director Crowner will retire as of December 31

NORTH LIBERTY– In most libraries, Dee Crowner’s next step could be found filed somewhere in the 332.024s. But, since the North Liberty Community Library switched to subject-based classification last year, here it would be simply under “retirement.” Crowner, who has been the North Liberty Community Library’s director since 1987, will be stepping down at the end of the year.
“Dee has been a valuable member of our staff for more than two and a half decades, and I’m thankful for her dedication and stewardship of the library,” said mayor Tom Salm. “Her retirement is well deserved.”
When Crowner began her tenure with North Liberty, the library was a single room attached to the fire station. Over the next two and a half decades, she helped the library grow, first with a move to the North Liberty Community Center in 1997 and then its recent $3.4 million expansion that nearly tripled the library’s size.
Crowner will serve as the library director through Dec. 31. The search for the library’s next director will begin in the new year.
“With Dee’s help, the library has a solid foundation in this community and is respected across the state,” said city administrator Ryan Heiar. “Her successor will take over a well-loved and growing community institution. That’s a huge credit to Dee’s legacy.”