Is there more to a library than meets the eye? In this episode, Kelli chats with Executive Director of the Brown County Public Library to set the record straight on the value of your local library. Contrary to popular belief, libraries are still widely used today. Listen in as the two discuss the importance of a library to a local community and society as a whole. You can find Brian at events like UntitledTown, taking place April 19-22 in Green Bay with key note speakers like Goosebumps author R.L. Stine.
About Our Guest: Brian Simons*
A Green Bay native, Simons is passionate about giving people as many opportunities as possible to transform their lives for the better. Simons brings 13 years of experience as a library leader in Wisconsin. He started his library career in 2001 at the Manitowoc (WI) Public Library as Head of Young Adult Services and was Director of the Aram Public Library (Delavan, WI) from 2006 to 2008. Simons has been serving as Library Director of the Verona (WI) Public Library since 2008. As a result of his library management and leadership, the Verona Public Library was named Wisconsin Library of the Year in 2013.
He has proven experience in strategic planning, fund raising, risk analysis, LEAN Six Sigma processes, staff development and grant writing. Brian has also been very active in state and national organizations, advocating for library legislation and financial support for public libraries.
*This information comes from the Brown County Public Library’s Facebook page.