Lake Forest Library Director to Retire

For immediate release

Lake Forest Library

360 E Deerpath Rd

Lake Forest IL 60045



Joy Schmoll

Head of Communications


October 28, 2022 — LAKE FOREST Ill — The Board of Lake Forest Library announces that Catherine Lemmer, Executive Director, will retire at the end of the calendar year to pursue other opportunities. During her six-year tenure, Ms. Lemmer transformed library operations and services. Notable accomplishments under her leadership include the development and implementation of operational policies, a focus on transparent financial reporting, and numerous technology upgrades. These advancements include the launch of RFID and self-check services, migration to integrated cloud platforms, transition to faster and more reliable fiber internet, expanded wireless connectivity, and installation of new computers for both patrons and staff. Her passion for delivering engaging library services led to the creation of new programs and collections, robust community partnerships, and enhanced community collaboration and communications.

Library Board President John F. Johnson has appreciated Ms. Lemmer's contributions to Lake Forest Library. "Over her six years of service to our Library, Catherine Lemmer has been a transformational leader, expertly managing our staff, services, and facility. She has kept the safety of the public and staff at the forefront during the difficult time of a global pandemic. We are very grateful for her tireless professional work and abundant talents, resulting in world-class library services for the Lake Forest community."