Sandra Hannahs has accepted the role of Director of the West Fargo Public Library, after serving almost a year to the day as Assistant Library Director of the facility located in the Clayton Lodoen Community Center at 109 3rd St. E. Hannahs fills the post left open by the retirement of former director Miriam Arves last month.
Library Board President Susan Ellison said the board feels very fortunate that Hannahs will be serving as director. "She began working as our assistant director a year ago and has been primarily involved in collection development and technology. Sandra comes to us with a broad educational background in the areas of library studies, information management and language. She has taught at the high school and university level and worked in the university library system 4 years before accepting the assistant director position here. The West Fargo Library has already and will continue to benefit greatly by Sandra's breadth of knowledge and experience."
Hannahs said she is delighted to step into the position. "During my time here as Assistant Director I've been impressed by the facilities, the staff, and the support and interest of the public." She said her first order of business will be to spend a little time acclimating herself to her newfound duties. After that she "hopes to further improve the services, especially the programming, which the Library provides. I feel the one area the Library can really blossom in is some kind of regular programming. And since we have a limited staff, we'll be looking at hiring someone to help with that at some point."
A native of Fargo, Hannahs graduated from North High School and went on to earn a BS Degree in Spanish and French from Moorhead State University; and two Masters Degrees, one in Information and Library Management from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, England, and the second in Translation from the Monterey (Calif.) Institute of International Studies.
Hannahs has teaching experience at the high school, college, university and adult education levels; has been involved in a variety of translation-related areas; and also possesses considerable library experience, including time spent at Concordia and Minnesota State University Moorhead before joining the West Fargo Public Library.
Professionally, she is a member of the American Library Association.
Hannahs makes her home in Moorhead, where her two daughters also live.
During leisure time, she enjoys listening to music, camping, bicycling, bobbin lacemaking, and loves to travel, having visited a number of foreign countries.