Eileen Simmons, the current director of nearly twenty years, is retiring from the Everett Public Library system. Her replacement, Abigail Cooley, is set to step into her shoes on November. According to a press release by the City of Everett, Ms. Cooley is currently the library manager at the Baltimore County Public Library’s Reistertown and Hereford branches, a system that serves approximately 800,000 residents.
After a national search, and much feedback from many corners of the community and library system, the board deliberated the merit of each candidate and selected her.
“I’m excited to begin working with the Everett Public Library Board, staff, and community partners and explore new and emerging library needs and find innovative solutions that keep our libraries relevant and effective to the Everett community,” said Cooley. “It's clear that the library and community are both strong and I look forward to becoming a part of them. I can’t wait to experience all that Everett has to offer.”
Abby, as her predecessor did, “will manage daily operations, develop the strategic plan, cultivate supplemental funding sources and interact with a diverse community of patrons, educators, authors and community service organizations.”
The Everett Public Library is governed by the Board of Library Trustees. The Board consists of 5 members who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Board members serve for 5-year terms, and each member serves as president during the fifth year of service. Abby, in turn, will report to the Board among the plethora of all her duties.