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Diane Lapierre will fill top post at Loveland Public Library

Post Date:04/20/2017 6:46 PM

Contact:  Tom Hacker, PIO, 962-2302 

PRESS RELEASE – A Loveland native who has spent more than two decades moving to the top level of Denver Public Library’s administrative ranks will lead the staff of Loveland Public Library as its new director.

Diane Lapierre, who said her childhood memories in Loveland included “checking out as many books as I could carry down the stairs” of the old Sixth Street library, will assume her new duties June 5.

She is currently the Denver library’s Director of Community Relations, coordinating outreach, marketing, fundraising and public relations activities for all the library system’s 26 locations. Prior experience in her 22-year DPL career includes a term as the library’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, managing a “cluster” of three large branches of the Denver system, and serving as Senior Branch Librarian.

“We think Diane has all the attributes we seek to raise our outstanding library to an even higher level,” Assistant City Manager Rod Wensing said. “We’re also proud to be able to bring a Loveland native home to serve in this important leadership position.”

Lapierre will become the sixth director in the Loveland Public Library’s 112-year history. She succeeds former library director Marcia Lewis, who retired this month ending her 34-year career with the library, including five years in her tenure as director.

Lapierre holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Pomona College and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin.

As Loveland Public Library Director, Lapierre will oversee the efforts of 32 full-time employees in the library’s six divisions. Her annual salary will be $116,000.