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Library Director to Retire in June

Jean Scully, the library director in Redondo Beach, will retire in June.

Redondo Beach will bid adieu to Library Director Jean Scully when she retires in June, City Manager Bill Workman announced at Tuesday's council meeting.

Scully had just finished a presentation on the state of the city's libraries when Workman made the announcement.

"It's been a remarkable tenure that you've had," said Mayor Mike Gin. "The library is so much more than just a place with books."

Workman called Scully a "centerpiece of our success as a community."

Scully, who was appointed to her position in 2000, was a driving force behind the construction of the new North Branch Library on Artesia Boulevard.

"You deserve a lot of the credit for creating a buzz (around the new library), for creating such a safe environment," Councilman Matt Kilroy, who represents District 5, told her.

Since receiving her degree in library science 25 years ago, Scully has seen libraries enter the digital age.

"Since I started, people have been ringing the death knell for libraries, and we're still here," Scully said, noting that there is still an appetite for hardcover and paperback books. "There are a lot of people who come to the library to be around other people, to use the resources."

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