Dear PT Library Community,
I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Peters Township Public Library for the past five years. Last month, I announced my plan to retire to the Peters Township Council, PTPL Staff, PT Library Board, and The Peters Township Library Foundation. I intended to share this decision earlier in the spring. When the pandemic hit in early March, I put those plans on the back burner and chose to focus my attention on working through the PA Red, Yellow and Green Phases. I am pleased to report that we have successfully re-opened the library doors to the public, keeping the health and safety of the staff and community as our priority. The Township is in the process of receiving applications for my position. We are currently working together on a transition plan as my last official day will be July 20, 2020.
I began working at the library in July 2015. One month before, I had retired from 36 years of service in the Peters Township School District as an elementary classroom teacher and school librarian. It has been an honor to act as your library director for the past five years. I learned something new every day! Now the time has come to retire (for the second time) so that I can spend more time on the needs of my family. I want to thank the entire community for their support. My staff and I ventured to open books, doors, and minds with extraordinary programming, several renovations, a new website, and many fresh initiatives. I will miss my dedicated staff, our volunteers, and the hundreds of library visitors I met. It has been a joy to work in the delightful community where I was born and raised, bought a home, settled down with my husband to raise our family, and now to retire.
As I leave my position as library director, my wish for you is in these words from Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
Myra R. Oleynik