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By Joe Block 

Ruth Community Library Director Lauren White eager to get to work

 

December 13, 2018

Joe Block

Lauren White stands in front of the Ruth Community Library;s windows overlooking the Wisconsin River'

New Ruth Community Library Director Lauren White has come away with a good impression of the area since taking over. "The hospitality is amazing," she said, "and it's so great to be in a community where the library is adored."

Born in the Kansas City suburbs, specifically, former President Harry Truman's hometown of Independence, White attended college at Missouri State, graduating in 2010 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in African-American Studies. "My degree in English was one of passion over practicality," she explained. "I didn't want a life of academia." After taking stock of her situation and desires, she enrolled at Valdosta State University in Georgia, completing her master's degree in Library and Information Science in 2013.

White then headed north to Wisconsin, becoming Library Director in New Glarus in 2014. While there she was involved in the plans for a new library and worked with News Publishing editor Sue Moen, who runs the Post Messenger Recorder.

"I wasn't actively looking [for a new job], but [the position at Ruth Culver] seemed to be too good an opportunity to miss. It would be kind of crazy if I don't apply."

White spoke with former director Jennifer Endres Way, her friend, and she had only positive things to say about the community. In her brief experience here, White has found that to be true.

"It's a newer facility, the staff is amazing and talented, and the village board is so supportive," said White. She noted Prairie du Sac's healthy environment, and board's "inclusive" way of looking forward, especially when it comes to the development of the riverfront park and the library expansion. "I love that [the library is right here in the middle of it. I'm excited to see what we're going to do moving forward," said White.

As for her plans for the library, White explained, "I'm someone who doesn't believe in changing things just to change. I didn't have an agenda, and I wanted to see what's in place. I want to see how to enhance things. I want to be flexible and seize opportunities."

White hadn't spent much time in Sauk County, so she encountered a few new things, such as the Cow Chip Festivals, and the areas many festivals. She hopes to get a float in a parade soon. "The Chamber is incredibly supportive," she said.

Currently White is wearing a bright yellow button that says, "I'm the new library director," so people can get to know her.

White admits to being a "cat lady", and says her Instagram feed prominently features her cat Winnifred. She'll love to share cat stories.

Although it may not please Wisconsinites, White in. Kansas City Chiefs fan.

She loves music and movies, particularly dramas, and has a soft spot for "Twister" and "Bridesmaids." She's a "snarky crosspiece" who enjoying decorating her creations with quotes from movies. "I love a good disaster film," says White.

"Jennifer is a hard act to follow. I hope I don't let the community down, and I want to continue the legacy-I think I have the ability to do so. I hope I'm serving well," says White.

The Ruth Culver Community Library is located at 540 Water St, Prairie Du Sac, and its Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pdslibrary/

 
 

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