DERRY — Derry Public Library is closer to finding its new leader.
The application process was extended to the end of July, and now library trustees are working to find the perfect fit to lead the 22,000-square-foot facility.
The new director will fill the vacancy left by retiring director Cheryl Lynch, who left the job in June.
Trustees Chairman Elizabeth Ives said the board’s selection committee is busy getting interviews scheduled for the top candidates.
Those candidates also will be interviewed by the entire board of trustees and the library’s management staff.
“We look through and by their resume we decide which ones have the most experience and look the most promising,” Ives said.
Ives said applications were received from all over the country, including Florida, Pennsylvania and New York.
With more than 120,000 items and thousands more available through a library consortium sharing program, the new director will be key in making sure everything runs smoothly.
That also includes supporting the library’s more than 16,700 cardholders, both young and not so young, who come to the library to seek knowledge, use computers, enjoy programs and find that perfect book.
Ives said the library has been running well with the current staff and assistant and acting director Susan Brown taking the lead.
Brown is also the library’s head of Adult Services.
“We are so blessed to have her,” Ives said. “She has been wonderful.”
Ives said the trustees approached Brown about applying for the director’s job, but she prefers to remain in her current department.
“She loves working there,” Ives said.
Ives said trustees hope to have a top director choice named this month and hopefully on the job soon after.
“We hope to have them on board this fall,” she said.