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Library board announces retirement of two commissioners

By SANIBEL PUBLIC LIBRARY - | Oct 23, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Public Library

The Sanibel Public Library District Board of Commissioners recently announced the retirement of two of its long-standing commissioners, Tom Krekel and Dan Moeder.

“It’s extraordinary,” board President Melanie Congress said. “Thirty-five years of service to Sanibel and the library, I know I speak for all islanders when I say we are grateful for their leadership and dedication.”

Krekel has been on the board since 2001, serving several years as president, and was instrumental in getting the work done locally and at the state capitol in Tallahassee to establish the library as an independent special district in 2005 and 2006. Since that time, he has been a leader and advocate for library services on Sanibel. A lifelong lover of reading, Krekel suggested renowned writer Joyce Carol Oates as the first Author Series speaker, beginning a tradition of bringing in top literary, award-winning and bestselling authors for the event each year.

Moeder began his board service in 2005 and brought his considerable experience in the financial world to the library, serving as treasurer for many years. The district relied on Moeder’s expertise to ensure its excellent record in fiscal oversight and due diligence of public tax investment, while maintaining the library’s national and statewide award-winning services. He also spent years as a volunteer in the public computer labs, guiding users through logins, computer operations, Internet searches and more. Moeder provided ideas for expansion and development in the constantly-evolving tech environment.

“We have always appreciated how Commissioners Moeder and Krekel supported library staff through the years — encouraging implementation of pilot projects, new services and staff continuing education,” Executive Director Margaret Mohundro said. “We will certainly miss their leadership and their support.”

Both commissioners have been dedicated public servants, overseeing the library’s technology expansion in 2006 and the Your Library Reimagined renovation in 2017; ensuring the library coming in under budget every year; approving many new innovative and cutting-edge library services; and maintaining the library as an island community hub.

The board is accepting applications to fill terms for the two vacated seats.

It plans to appoint two people in November for two-year terms.

The board is composed of seven members who are elected on a non-partisan basis for a four-year term. It meets monthly on the third Thursday at 9 a.m. Additional meetings or workshops may be scheduled as needed. The board operates under the Sunshine Law. All discussion and deliberation must take place at a publicly advertised meeting.

Applications must be submitted by Nov. 12 to: Sanibel Public Library District Board of Commissioners, ATTN: Margaret Mohundro, 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.

Call the library at 239-472-2483 or download the application at sanlib.org/board.