Retiring St. Charles library director to be honored at open house

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – An open house will be held to honor retiring St. Charles Library Director Diana Brown, who served 35 years in the position.

The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Carnegie Community Room at the St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles. The public is invited to attend.

Brown has been with the library for 39 years and will retire at the end of this year. During the open house, Mayor Ray Rogina will read a proclamation to note Brown’s dedication and leadership to the community.

Additional remarks will be given by the library board president, the Friends of the St. Charles Library and the St. Charles Public Library Foundation, according to a news release.

During Brown’s three-decade tenure, she and the library board campaigned and won a referendum to change the taxing status of the library from a township to a district library. With Brown’s help, the library board also passed a referendum in 1986 to add a 35,000-square-foot addition to the library, and remodel the original 1908 Carnegie building and the 1964 addition.

Two parking lot expansions also were completed under Brown’s leadership.

In addition to serving as library director, Brown has been active in a number of community organizations, including the St. Charles Public Art Committee, the Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, the St. Charles Heritage Center, Kiwanis, the Intergovernmental Committee and many other library-based organizations.

Brown will retire Jan. 1. The St. Charles Public Library District Board of Trustees appointed Pam Leffler as Brown’s replacement in mid-November.

For the past year and a half, Leffler served as director of the Morton Grove Public Library.

For information about the open house, contact the library at 630-584-0076, ext. 246, or visit