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New Croton Free Library Director Named

November 6, 2014
The Trustees of the Croton Free Library have appointed Yvonne Cech as the new Director of the Croton Free Library starting December 15, 2014.~~Mary Donnery, long-time Director since 1986, will be retiring at the end of this year. ~Ms. Cech brings over 10 years of experience in both public library and educational library settings.
Ms. Cech (pronounced “CHEK”) is an area native, having grown up in Yorktown Heights. She has served as Library Media Specialist in the Connecticut school system, with her most recent position being Head Librarian in the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Prior to her work in school libraries, she was Director of an English-language public library in Basel, Switzerland.  


Ms. Cech has experience in all aspects of library service and management: innovative technology programs, collection development, grant writing and staff development initiatives.  She holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University and an Education Certification from Southern Connecticut State University.


“The Board is extremely pleased to welcome a director with Yvonne’s vision, skills and experience,” said Board of Trustees President Anna Reisner.  “She is an ardent believer in libraries being the hub of the community and has a thorough and creative understanding of how to keep libraries relevant in an ever-changing technological and cultural landscape.”


In her previous position, Ms. Cech created numerous successful programs such as the first e-reader device lending program in a public school, a forum for sharing knowledge of iPad apps called “Appy Hour,” real-time communication via NASA with astronauts on the International Space Station, and countless Skype and in-person author appearances.


Ms. Cech stated, “My vision for the Croton Free Library is to promote a love of reading and lifelong learning and to build on the strong foundation already in place.  I’m eager to get to know the Croton community in order to provide an enticing collection of materials and a welcoming environment for current as well as potential library users of all ages and to implement compelling community events and effective fund raising.”


When asked what her favorite book is, Ms. Cech responded: “It is difficult to ask~a librarian to name just ONE favorite book!~On my night table at the moment I have about 15 books plus a Kindle!~ I can say that for non-fiction I am a fan of~Doris Kearns Goodwin (No Ordinary Time) and David McCullough (John Adams).~I am currently reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. For~fiction,~favorites have been~The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Help by Kathryn Stockett. And I tend to re-read Jane Austen books every other year or so!~ Children’s books are my particular area of expertise and I highly recommend Patricia Polacco, Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), Tomie dePaola and Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon).~Growing up, I was entranced by A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.”


Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 / 914-271-6612 /


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