By Libby Rosequist
Rae Lindsey’s retirement as children’s programmer after 35 years left McCord Memorial Library in need of a replacement who could fill her shoes and reading nook.
After hearing about the opening, Loree Lutz reached out to the library inquiring about the position.
She was officially hired on June 28, and has been preparing ever since.
Lutz has been a teacher for over 15 years, primarily working with preschool and pre-K kids.
“I’m originally from the Pittsburgh area but my family and I moved to North East in 2001 and instantly fell in love with the town,” Lutz said. “I have three daughters that have gone through the North East school system and the community is amazing.”
Lutz is a warm and welcoming person who enjoys working with younger children to help them transition from being at home to learning in a social environment.
“As a teacher, I was usually one of the child’s first experiences away from their parents,” Lutz said. “It’s the sweetest challenge and I am so excited to continue helping kids and being a part of the community at the library.”
The children’s program will begin Monday, Aug. 16. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are for preschool ages and Thursdays are designated for baby and toddler ages.
Schedules can be picked up at the library.
“I can’t wait for the first week to begin and meet all the new faces,” Lutz said. “I am hoping for a seamless transition as Rae has been a staple to the library for so many years.”
The library staff is also excited to see Lutz start and feel she will fit right in.
“Everyone is so happy to have her as part of the staff,” Autymn Maas, teen programmer and IT help, said.
For more information on story times, call the library at 814-7254057.