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New director to start at Kaneville Public Library Dec. 11

KANEVILLE – Like millions of others, Jill Baetiong has read many Danielle Steel books.

“With two small children, it’s hard to find as much time to read,” Baetiong said. “I do like Danielle Steel. She’s kind of my relaxing, fun author.”

Baetiong looks forward to working hard toward bringing a lot of fun and great resources to the Kaneville community as she’s accepted the position of library director at the Kaneville Public Library.

She was offered the position Dec. 5 after the Kaneville Public Library District Board's meeting and will begin working Dec. 11.

“Some of the appealing things initially to me is that I like the hours, I like the work and it’s close to my home,” she said. “This will be the closest job [to home] I’ve ever had.”

A resident of Yorkville, Baetiong had previously served as the children’s manager of the Morris Area Public Library. She also spent nearly seven years as a youth services librarian at the St. Charles Public Library and four years as a youth service manager at the Chicago Heights Public Library. Baetiong, who has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in library science, also has contributed to the School Library Journal during the past six months, reading and reviewing books.

“We are happy she is coming on board,” Karen Kneller, Kaneville Public Library District Board president, said. “She will be a great addition to our library.”

Baetiong is most experienced with children’s programming, but she is confident she will also be able to expand the adult programs at Kaneville.

“I hope to bring a lot of great programs,” she said. “One of my first jobs will be hiring a couple librarian assistants, and we already have one circulation assistant who has been here.”

Without a doubt, Baetiong is excited about this new professional opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to analyzing the community and sharing my ideas,” she said. “I want to find out what they’re looking for and to implement change that can bring new library users and keep the users who are here coming back.”

The library hasn’t had a director since Lynda Fillipp left Aug. 24.

“I want to take ownership of things and to have a good relationship with the board,” Baetiong said. “I’ve seen directors at libraries take on things too quickly and it confuses staff and their morale and the community. The most important thing is for me to get to know the people, the feel of the town and what works and doesn’t work.”

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