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Karen Simmons is the new director of Douglas County Library. Before taking on her new position, she was the children's librarian for 23 years.

A new chapter for long-time librarian

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When it comes to the qualifications for a great library director, Karen Simmons is a perfect fit.

Must love books. Check.

Must enjoy working with the public. Check.


Must enjoy detail-oriented work. Check.

Simmons is the new director of the Douglas County Library but she's a familiar face around there.

Over the last 23 years, Simmons has served as the children's librarian at the Douglas County Library.

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Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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