Reading Public Library appoints new CEO

The Reading Public Library has appointed Melissa Adams as Executive Director.

Melissa Adams has been appointed Executive Director of the Reading Public Library.

She will oversee the operations of the main library, three branches, outreach services and the library’s growing digital offerings, according to a press release on Tuesday.

“The members of the research committee knew early on in the process that Ms. Adams brought with her tremendous value, knowledge and energy,” Jim Shankweiler, chair of the library’s research committee, said in the release.

Adams has been director of the Muhlenberg Community Library, Canton of Muhlenberg, since 2016.

Previously, she held various positions at other regional libraries including the Pottsville Free Public Library in Schuylkill County and Lower Macungie Library in County Lehigh. She has also served as secretary and vice-president of the Berks County Library Association.

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Bronwen Gamble retired as Executive Director of the Reading Public Library on December 17, 2021. (Reading Eagle)

Adams replaces Bronwen Gamble, who retired on December 17. Gamble was the first woman to hold the post of Executive Director of Reading Library. She was appointed CEO in October 2016.

“I feel truly honored to be named executive director of Reading Public Library,” Adams said in the statement. “Reading is about significant revitalization and the idea of ​​working with the city and the community helping to bring about positive change is really exciting. I imagine a library that not only serves and reflects our community, but also works hand in hand to collaborate, co-create and reshape our future.

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