Toledo City Hall wants to remind everybody that there has really “picked up the torch” at the Toledo Library!
The City of Toledo would like to announce that the position of Director of the Toledo Public Library will be filled beginning July 1 by Deborah Trusty. Trusty comes from a background rooted in the love of knowledge and learning. She doesn’t remember ever not reading, mastering the language on the back of cereal boxes well before she entered school, and she counts among her best hours those lost in the pages of a book. An educator by training and career, she worked as a teacher, administrator, and developer of specialized high school programs that combined high level academics with practical application in the fields of medicine and technology.
Trusty and her husband, Robert, came to the Oregon coast 10 years ago to pursue the adventure of small business ownership with their son, Jon, who had been assigned to the Depoe Bay station by the United States Coast Guard. Following Jon’s departure to a career of his own and the economic difficulties of 2007 -2008, the Trusty family closed their business and in 2009 “retired” to the Toledo sunshine. At this time, Trusty began to focus on her third life goal: writing. She hopes to see the publication later this year of her biography of long-time City Manager of Newport, Donald A. Davis.
While being retired suited Robert, Deborah found that it just wouldn’t “take” for herself. Her admiration for her new home led her to establish a blog about the glories of living in Toledo, which then led her to a year as the Director of Toledo’s Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Lincoln County Foundation, and the president of the Board of Directors for the Central Oregon Coast Association.
Trusty observed that “the city service I have used most, with the exception of turning on the tap, is the Toledo Public Library. I am very grateful to Peter Rayment (who retired from the position earlier this spring) and the library staff that have made the library the wonderful amenity that it is.” Trusty says tt is her intention to continue the legacy of excellence that has been set while incorporating some ideas of her own. “I know that budgeting is difficult and there are many demands on the library system, employees, and facility; however, I would like to explore the possibilities of offering more programing such as book clubs, focused discussion groups, demonstrations and how-to’s, writing groups for teens (and others), themed library scavenger hunts, increased communication with the library’s patrons, support for life-long learners, as well as increased technological resources.”
She believes that the vibrancy of our libraries is inextricably bound to the vibrancy of our community and our nation and further, that our libraries represent opportunity and equity of access, vital features for a healthy democracy. “I am not only looking for ways that the library can be of service to the community, but also how members of the community can utilize the library to be of service to one another.”