MUSKEGO - Pete Loeffel, who has been director of the Muskego Public Library for nearly five years, is the new director of the Wauwatosa Public Library.
His last day at Muskego was June 23, when a farewell event was held. The Muskego Library Board has appointed Elke Saylor, head of reference, to serve as interim library director.
"I've grown to love the community, and I'm proud of the things the staff has done," Loeffel said.
Lauding staff efforts
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 updating library technology, Linda Brown for helping reorganize circulation duties and Amanda Hyland for young adult programming and for marketing the library.
Still, his tenure included administrative steps forward.
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.
Library board president Aaron Robertson paid tribute to Loeffel, saying, "Pete arrived at a critical time for the library. In the years since joining our team, he has led efforts to bring significant, positive change to the culture at the library.
"He has worked extremely well with the board, and has empowered and developed his staff so that they can do what they do best - deliver exceptional service, resources, and programming," Robertson said. "Pete will certainly be missed, and we wish him the best in his new role. We thank him for his leadership and service to the Muskego community."