Everyone is invited to an open house to meet new City Librarian Susan Hildreth from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Central Library. Stop by any time during the open house to visit with Hildreth and enjoy refreshments!
There will be a brief program at 2:30 p.m. featuring remarks by Mayor Greg Nickels, City Councilman Nick Licata, Library Board President Eric Liu, The Seattle Public Library Foundation Board President Susan Adkins, Friends of The Seattle Public Library President Linda Ruiz and Hildreth.
Hildreth comes to Seattle from California, where she was the state librarian. While there, Hildreth managed a $70 million budget supporting California libraries and cultural institutions. Before that, Hildreth was city librarian of San Francisco, overseeing an annual operating budget of more than $58 million and a $130 million building program.
Hildreth is the former president of the Public Library Association and served on its board of directors. She was an elected member of the council that governs the American Library Association. She is a longtime member of the California Library Association and has served as its president and treasurer. Hildreth graduated cum laude from Syracuse University and holds a master’s degree in library science from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree in business from Rutgers University.