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New face keeping the books
Times photo: Brian Gray Monroe Public Library Director Suzann Holland, right, works with library employee Maggie Guralski Monday. Holland began her duties at the library June 23.
By Brian Gray


MONROE - Suzann Holland is happy she left Iowa for a new home and career opportunity at the Monroe Public Library.

She began her duties as the library's director June 23. She replaced Barbara Brewer, who retired June 30 after five years as library director.

"I love Monroe," Holland said. "Monroe is so welcoming."

Holland came to Monroe from Oskaloosa, Iowa, where she was director of the public library. After seven years in Oskaloosa, she decided it was time for a change.

"It was easy for me to pick up and move," she said.

She brought her two poodles with her and moved to a new city and a new job.

As library director she oversees the day-to-day operation of the library, works with the staff and assists people who come to the library.

It keeps her busy.

"Studies show that more people are using libraries than in the past," Holland said. "We provide a lot of different things here. We have a great staff and a great library."

Holland said the library in Monroe, and libraries in general, try to provide as many services as possible. Libraries also try to keep up with new technology. Her job also entails keeping the library current and keeping pace with the new technology.

"A lot of people rely on us for that," she said.

Holland, who described herself as interested in many different things, loves to read. She's a fan of John Grisham's books, but prefers non-fiction.

She also enjoys taking road trips and learning about local history.