The Beaumont Library District Board of Trustees will be hosting a public reception at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, May 25, in the library’s Laura May Stewart Room to welcome new director, Luren Dickinson, who was appointed last month to replace longtime librarian, Clara J. DiFelice, upon her retirement.
Dickinson, a native of New York State, obtained his MLS degree from UCLA in 1978 and during his career has served as library director at four public libraries in three states, including Findlay-Hancock County Public Library in Ohio, Reading Public Library in Pennsylvania, Jackson District Library in Michigan, and Shaker Height Public Library in Ohio.
He served as principal librarian at Beaumont Library for the past year prior to being named director. During that time, he has been active in enhancing the library’s public relations program. Accomplishments have included refinement of the library’s web site, creation of a Wikipedia page about Beaumont Library District, introduction of a library newsletter and regular program flyers, and production of the new “Books & Beyond: Building Our Legacy” video.
His article, “The Little Library District That Could,” covering the many successes of the relatively small Beaumont Library, was published in the January/February 2017 issue of CA Special District, the official publication of the California Special District Association. Beaumont Library is a California Special District, independent of both city and county government and provides library services to a 60-square mile area that includes Beaumont and Cherry Valley.
Dickinson says that he hopes “to move the library forward in the next few years” and sees this opportunity as “the capstone” of his career.