Durango Public Library Director Sherry Taber, who helped oversee the transition to the city's $19 million facility in
December 2008, announced she will be checking out Feb. 5.
It's time for new energy to take the library forward," she said. It's been a real thrill."
Taber, 65, will accompany her husband, John, to Lima, Peru, where he has accepted a position with the U.S. Agency for
International Development. She said she still doesn't know what she'll end up doing while there.
I'm going to have to learn Spanish," she said. But there aren't a lot of public libraries in Peru."
Former City Manager Bob Ledger called hiring Taber in November 1999 one of the best choices I ever made."
She's an outstanding lady. She was the driving force behind getting the new library built. She really saw the
potential that was there. Go to the library on any given day and notice how many people are in there," Ledger said
Taber helped lead the charge to upgrade the city's public library from a too-small 1,500-square-foot facility, paid for
by Andrew Carnegie near the beginning of the 20th century, to a spacious and modern 42,800-square-foot building along
the Animas River. She said the best part about the transition to the new library is that it was a true communitywide
Before starting as the director of Durango's former library on East Second Avenue and 12th Street, Taber was director
of the campus library at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, and before that, was the director of Reed
Library at Fort Lewis College.
Before taking the position at FLC, Taber lived in her husband's native Alaska. She said she's excited to break the
Durango-Alaska cycle, but she doesn't expect South America to be her last stop.
We'll be back," she said.