Coupeville’s head librarian, Leslie Franzen, trekked down the  wharf for her debut on WhidbeyChat this morning.

A “home grown” librarian, Leslie is about to break her mentor  and predecessor’s 30 year record of leadership, by celebrating her own 31st year with the library.  And what better time to be working twice as many hours – than 30 years into your career.

Excited and renewed, after the long process of getting the Coupeville  library expanded and reopened, in this interview Leslie expresses gratitude to the community for their commitment and support, and her eagerness to share the library’s new resources, upcoming programs and news with Whidbey Chat listeners, and all of the communities of Whidbey Island.

Not alone in her effort to serve the communities of Whidbey Island, Leslie oversees a staff of 5 (and a half) with the support of the Friends of the Library, the community at large, and Island County.  Together they make the Coupeville Library one very special place.

Leslie Franzen, Coupeville’s own (tops Nancy Pearl), on Whidbey Chat with Gwen Sam.  Listen to the replays of this interview!  You won’t regret it. Repeats air on KWPA 96.9 FM & – Thursday May 13 at 9am and Friday May 14 at 4pm – tune/stream in for all the latest news from the Coupeville Library, and meet a woman who loves her job!

Leslie, or someone from her staff, joins Gwen on Whidbey Chat bi-monthly for library updates.

And if you want to see one of the library’s fantastic views visit their webcam