Richard Landreth is the new director of the Lincoln County Library system, which operates six libraries in the county. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
There’s a new face at the Kemmerer Library. Richard Landreth is now the Lincoln County Library System director and Kemmerer branch manager.
Landreth was a librarian in Campbell County for 24 years.
“I’m a Nebraska boy, so I’m not too far from home,” Landreth said.
Landreth has also worked as a high school math teacher. He said the library is a great way to provide resources to the community and create valuable relationships.
“The library is really a community center,” Landreth said. “It’s an information hub, and a safe place for adults and kids.”
There are six libraries in the Lincoln County Library system — Kemmerer, Alpine, Cokeville, LaBarge, Star Valley and Thayne.
Landreth said even though he just started his new position, he hopes to visit each library soon and learn what they need.
“The library works best when we have feedback from the community,” Landreth said. “So come see us, and tell us what we can do for you. We have free internet. We can help you find information, books and media.”
Landreth said he has been impressed with the Kemmerer library staff’s efforts to create a great library.
“They’ve done a fabulous job,” Landreth said. “I read a lot of books, but it was great to walk in here for the first time and say, ‘oh, I haven’t read that one or that one.’ We’ve got a great selection.”
Landreth said everyone he has met in Kemmerer so far has been friendly and great to work with.
“Libraries have changed over the years, and we are always figuring out how to change with the times,” Landreth said. “We have plenty of e-books, audiobooks and movies that will save library patrons from having to buy or rent an item.”
Landreth said he enjoys being outdoors and is excited to explore the region.
“I love skiing and hiking,” Landreth said. “In the winter, I ski a lot, but you can only do that for so long. After that, you need a book or movie from the library!”
Landreth said the Lincoln County Libraries are always open to suggestions about how to improve.
“We love community members to come visit us,” Landreth said. “If anyone has ideas for new programs or suggestions to make the library better for the community, bring them in.”
The Kemmerer Library has story-time activities for children, reading challenges, book club meetings and more. Hours and contact information for the library are listed at linclib.org.
The Kemmerer Library will host a meet-the-director night on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.