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Arves resigns as Library director

Miriam Arves has resigned her position as Director of the West Fargo Public Library effective Friday, June 22, ending a 31-year association.

Arves said she is stepping down because it's time for a change in her life. "It's been challenging and I look forward to taking my life in a new direction. The staff has been wonderful to work with. The one thing I will miss most is my daily contact with the library patrons." She said she has no immediate plans, other than to take a little time for herself.

During her tenure, Arves saw the library through periods of growth and transition, including a move in August of 2005 from its longtime location at 401 7th St. E. to the library's new and expanded home in the Lodoen Community Center at 109 3rd St. E.

Arves turned in her resignation letter to Library Board President Susan Ellison on Monday, June 11. Ellison said she will present the resignation letter to the Library Board for their acceptance at tomorrow's (Thursday) Board meeting.

The search will then begin for a new Library Director. "I would envision that our assistant director (Sandra Hannahs) would serve as acting director for the time being," Ellison said. "It would be logical for her to step in during the search process."

Addressing Arves' resignation, Ellison said, "Certainly, I, as well as the Board, feel Miriam has given the library many, many years of service that has involved a lot of contact with people in the community. We certainly wish her well in her future endeavors."

Ellison said a special event is being planned to recognize Arves for her years of service to the Library at a date and time to be announced.