Mason County Public Library Director Valerie Zempter will be retiring from her position in late September.
Zempter, who has been with the library since 2006, said she plans to retire to spend more time with her family.
“I just felt it was time,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of plans right now except spending some time with my family.”
According to Zempter, she did not plan to become a librarian.
Zempter graduated from Pascack High School in New Jersey before attending the University of Dayton and Capital University. At that time, she received a fine arts degree.
“I didn’t always want to be a librarian,” she said. “It was a late in life decision. I went to school for a fine arts degree and then realized I needed to make a living.”
After college, Zempter worked several jobs including teaching, social work and at Dayton Power and Light, before deciding she needed a change of direction.
“I wanted a career change,” she said. “I wanted to find something more fulfilling and rewarding.”
She began to look into careers where she could work with books.
“I’ve always been a book person,” she said. “When I began to look up careers, librarian always came up.”
Zempter realized that was what she wanted to do and went back to school. She received her degree in library science from the University of Kentucky.
In 1990, Zempter moved to Maysville.
“I moved here years before I began working at the library,” she said. “I knew I wanted to one day be fortunate enough to work at the library here, but you have to pay your dues.”
She worked at the Clermont County Public Library as a branch manager before transferring to the Mason County Public Library in 2006.
Zempter said she will miss working for the library.
“I really will miss it, but I’ll be coming back as a patron, so it’s not like the relationship will be over.”
Zempter said in her time at the library, she and the board of trustees have had several goals over the years, including strengthening the relationship with the community and bridging the digital drive gap.
“It’s a work in progress,” she said. “We’ve done our best and they’ll continue to work on it. Technology is always evolving, even if you’re not.”
According to Zempter, in order to find a new director, the library board advertised for a month before choosing several qualified candidates to interview.
“We spent (Tuesday) interviewing candidates,” Zempter said. “I’ll check references and then the personnel committee will look over them and make a recommendation. The board (of trustees) will make the final decision.”