Dillon Geshel, new Library Director for the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Donovan)
HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library (PLDL) Board of Trustees has hired Dillon Geshel as the new Library Director. Geshel served as interim director since the retirement of Shawn Leche in late August.
The vote to hire Geshel was unanimous.
"Dillon understands this community and its library needs," said Jennifer Donovan, president of the PLDL Board of Trustees. "He’s smart, computer-savvy and tuned in to the many ways a public library can and should serve its community. "We’re lucky to have him."
Geshel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is working towards his Master’s of Library and Information Science degree at Wayne State University.
"I feel fortunate to represent such a great library, and I’m excited about the opportunity to work toward energizing and engaging the community," said Geshel. "I’m determined to find out what communities are underserved and to find ways to better serve them."
Chris Alquist, community programs director at PLDL, said, "I am ecstatic for Dillon and the library. He has worked here since he was in college. He always said he wanted to be a library director. He brings a lot of energy to the position, and the staff respects his work ethic."
Geshel has been evaluating the library over the past few months as interim director. He sees opportunities to make a good library even better.
"I want to work to appeal to more young adult readers and help them see all the resources we offer and how we can tailor programs to meet their needs," Geshel noted.
Geshel lives in Chassell with his wife Sarah and daughter Sawyer.