Valerie Maginnis, Director of Teton County Library, has announced her retirement after almost three years at TCL. She plans to move to Boise, Idaho, after her last day at the library on October 13.
“My time at Teton County has been very fulfilling,” Valerie said. “The community’s appreciation and support of the library is delightful. They’ve embraced our new programs, enhanced popular collections, and welcoming space.”
Valerie worked in libraries for 40 years, the past 21 in directorship positions. Her career has taken her to jobs in Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado, and Wyoming. Prior to becoming the Director of Library Services for Teton County Library, she was the Lincoln County Library System Director in Kemmerer. She was also the Library and Arts Director for the City of Boulder and the Library and Cultural Arts Director for the City of Mission Viejo, California.
After retiring from the Boulder Public Library, she took some time off and moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands. “My time there was wonderful, but I missed libraries and the opportunity to serve the community. As luck would have it, the great state of Wyoming called at just the right time!”
Under her tenure, she sees great significance in the library’ strategic plan, implemented in 2017. The plan guides, informs and inspires the library to design and deliver programs, services, and collections that are needed, wanted and responsive to the community. She said she is proud of TCL staff accomplishments, including the Family Place Library designation; signature literary programming, such as “A Night at Hogworts”; structured after-school offerings; additional hours of service in both Jackson and Alta; and a strong commitment to responsive customer service.
“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work for the Teton County Library Board and the residents of Teton County,” she added. “The Teton County Library truly is ‘your essential place to thrive in a changing world.’”