MUSKEGO — Pete Loeffel, who has been director of the Muskego Public Library for nearly five years, will become director of the Wauwatosa Public Library starting Monday, June 26.
His last day at Muskego will be Friday, June 23. The Muskego Library Board is to meet Tuesday, June 20, to name an interim director.
"I've grown to love the community and I'm proud of the things the staff has done," Loeffel said Monday, June 19. They have laid the groundwork for keeping the library relevant for at least the next 20 years, he said.
Loeffel said modestly, "My job is to help lead the staff to do the wonderful things they do for the community."
For example, he paid tribute to Elke Saylor for what he called the excellent adult programming the library offers and to Abby Bussen and Jane Matusinec for revitalizing children's programming.
Similarly, he saluted Samantha Quail for her updating library technology, Linda Brown for helping reorganize circulation duties and Amanda Hyland for young adult programming and for marketing the library.
During Loeffel's tenure, the library created a magazine reading area, created a story time room, expanded the budget for buying new books, audio/visual and other materials, and collaborated with two other libraries to hold a Memory Cafe program with speakers on a rotating basis for those with memory issues and their caregivers.