Roberta Thomas led the Grayslake Public Library through many changes, from designing and constructing its building to increasing outreach to promote its services and expanding the idea of what a library can offer. She retired in June after 24 years as director, providing patrons the services they’ve requested while remaining fiscally responsible.
“I’ve loved being able to go to work every day and know that everything I do is aimed at making the community a better place by making the library better,” she said. “Few people are fortunate to be able to do that.”
Thomas began as a shelver at the Palatine Public Library, where she worked 15 years, before moving to the reference desk and head of circulation and audiovisual department.
“Working at the reference desk is like living in a game of Trivial Pursuit,” she said. “You get to look up the answers. You get to cheat. It’s what you do all day.”