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(November 29, 2022 11:35 AM) The Jackson District Library Board of Directors announced today the hiring of Liz Breed as JDL’s new director, following a month-long search. Breed was previously JDL’s assistant director.

“We are delighted and looking forward to Liz taking over as JDL’s Director,” JDL Board President Jacqueline Barber said. “With her wealth of experience, we are confident that we made the right choice in hiring her. Welcome aboard Liz.”

Breed will replace retiring director Sara Tackett beginning Dec. 16. Breed worked as the assistant director at JDL from 2016-2018 prior to a stint as the eLibrary coordinator at the Library of Michigan. She returned to JDL as the assistant director in 2021.

Tackett started her employment at JDL as the youth services coordinator in 1998 after working for nine years as a children’s librarian at the Hunterdon County Library in Flemington, New Jersey. She served as JDL’s assistant director from 2012 to 2016 and began her stint as director in March 2016.

“I have big shoes to fill and hope I can do half as good a job as Sara has done,” Breed said. “Jackson District Library is an amazing and strong library system. I have a lot of pride in the work we do and the way we show up for our community.”

A public open house to celebrate Tackett’s career at JDL is scheduled at the Carnegie Library in downtown Jackson from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. The event will be on the second floor.

“I will miss the staff at the library the most,” Tackett said. “Over the years, their hard work and creativity has led to the library being seen as an important asset to the community. All of us working together to continue to provide library services for the last two years speaks to everyone’s dedication to Jackson County.”

Breed said her first order of business will be to reach out to community residents and organizations to see how the library can help everyone achieve their goals.

“It has been 12 years since I’ve lived in Jackson and I’m most interested in getting out into the community to get reacquainted,” Breed said. “I’d like to hear what’s important to our residents and find out more about how the library can help.”

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