Betty Martin, Director of the Cape Girardeau Public Library for 21 years, will retire next month. Martin has been a professional librarian for 41 years. Martin received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut in 1975, and her Master of Science from Southern Connecticut State College in 1977. She began her career as the children’s librarian at Wallingford Public Library in Wallingford, Connecticut in 1977. In 1992 she took a position as Director of Children’s Services at St Louis Public Library where she coordinated children’s services at multiple branches. Martin was hired as the Adult Services Coordinator of the Cape Girardeau Public Library in August 1994, and served in that role until June 1997 where she stepped into the position of Library Director. During her 21 year tenure as Library Director, Martin oversaw the construction of the current library building that opened in 2009 featuring a distinctive Mississippi River theme that has kept pace with the rapid changes in cutting edge library services provided to the community. Jean Martin, User Services Supervisor, said that “One of Betty's many legacies was her tireless work to provide the community with a true destination library. As she shepherded this project from drawing board to reality, the community now benefits from an outstanding facility that offers a wide range of creative programs and services.” Martin’s community involvement includes membership in the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau, where she served as president from 2011-2012 and received their Distinguished Service Award in 2010. Martin has also served on the Board of Directors for the Community Caring Council and KRCU. “The library has benefited from Betty’s background as a former children’s librarian. She has always been a champion of children’s programming, supporting our efforts to create a vibrant and energetic library space that is conducive to hands-on learning,” said Sharon Anderson, Youth Services Coordinator at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. Amy Trueblood, President of the Library Board of Trustees, stated that “Betty has quietly made an incredible impact on our library and our community. She's turned the library into a destination, even for people outside our district, and she's enhanced services and available materials while being fiscally conservative. The Board is grateful for her excellent, consistent leadership.” In retirement she plans to catch up on reading and to spend more time with her grandchildren. Everyone is welcome to attend an open house thanking Martin for her years of dedicated service on Friday, July 13 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Hirsch meeting rooms of the Cape Girardeau Public Library.