The Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park, is happy to welcome Frank Murray as the library's new director. (Supplied photo)

The Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park, is happy to welcome Frank Murray as the library's new director. (Supplied photo)

Evergreen Park Library welcomes Frank Murray as new director

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By Kelly White

The Evergreen Park Public Library recently welcomed a new director who is no stranger to the local community.

As an Evergreen Park resident with a love of education, a passion for reading and strong Evergreen Park roots, Frank Murray was the perfect candidate for the job.

“The whole staff is excited to welcome Frank Murray as our new director and newest member of the Evergreen Park Public Library family,” Jenna Harte-Wisniewski, Head of Adult Services at the Evergreen Park Public Library, said. “He comes to us with a fresh perspective, and we’re thrilled about the library’s next chapter.”

Coincidentally, Murray’s very first library job was also at the Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park. He did have a different title.

As a start to his now well-established library career, he was originally hired at the Evergreen Park Public Library as a circulation/reference assistant. A job that was not only close to home, but one that he also held dear to his heart.

Prior to returning home to the Evergreen Park Public Library with a new role as director, Murray served as the library director of the Itasca Community Library for a year and a half. Before Itasca, he was the Head of Reference and Electronic Resources at the Brookfield Public Library for seven years. Before Brookfield, he worked at the Aurora Public Library for two years.

When the role of director became available at the Evergreen Park Public Library, Murray new applying for the position was never even a question.
“The opportunity to serve my hometown was too much for me to pass up,” Murray said. “I love the Evergreen Park community, and I could not be more honored to be the next library director.”

Murray took on the new position as of July 1, filling the role of former director, and also another Evergreen Park resident, who retired after more than 20 years of dedicated service to the library, Nicki Seidl.

“I plan to continue to build upon the great work staff and retiring library director, Nicki Seidl, have done while also exploring ways to adapt library services to meet the ever-changing needs of the future,” Murray said.

Library staff members said to be very happy with Murray taking the reins as the new library director.

“While it has been an absolute honor to work with Nicki for many years, I’m excited to welcome Frank to the Evergreen Park Public Library,” Julie Keaty, Virtual Services and Public Events Coordinator at the Evergreen Park Public Library, said. “As an Evergreen Park resident, he has a vested interest in both our library and our community. I’m looking forward to working with him and implementing his ideas for our library.”

“I welcome Frank back to the Evergreen Park Public Library, and I look forward to working with him,” Laura Meyer, Children’s Librarian at the Evergreen Park Public Library, said.

Murray received his bachelor of arts degree in History from Eastern Illinois University, along with a concentration in Social Sciences and a teacher certification. He later went on to receive his Master of Library Sciences degree from Dominican University.

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