NEW BETHLEHEM – The new year will bring a new face to the Redbank Valley Public Library, as library officials were recently informed that current director Janine Strohm will be stepping down from her position.

Strohm, who started at the local library in July 2016, said last week that she had accepted the position of library director at the Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library in Brookville.

Her last day in New Bethlehem will be Dec. 16, and Redbank Valley Public Library board members are now advertising for applications for the upcoming opening.

Before coming to New Bethlehem, Strohm was the children’s coordinator at the Brookville library for about six years. That library is also closer to her home.

“I applied for the position because the former director, Rose Pituch, is retiring to help take care of her grandchildren,” Strohm said, noting that Pituch had been at the Brookville library for 27 years.

“I have really enjoyed getting to know my patrons and the community that I served,” Strohm said.

During her time in New Bethlehem, Strohm said she enjoyed the library’s children’s programs, reading to preschoolers, Silly Story Day, book club meetings and working with her staff on the annual Summer Reading program. Other highlights included working with the teens for the library’s Teen Reading Lounge, and helping with the annual Art in the Park.

“I will miss the patrons, the staff and the community,” Strohm said.

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