Mary Dempsey to stay on as Library Commissioner

Amidst the slew of appointments to come with mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's transition, one in particular should please book and library lovers in Chicago: Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary A. Dempsey will remain as commissioner under Emanuel. Emanuel press secretary Tarrah Cooper confirmed the news this afternoon. Dempsey, who was appointed by Mayor Daley in January of 1994, has led a rejuvenation of the Chicago Public Library system that has been praised by everyone from Mayor Bloomberg of New York to President Barack Obama.

“I am honored to continue to serve mayor-elect Emanuel and the people of Chicago,” Dempsey said. “It would be my privilege to work closely with the mayor and enhance the mission and the work of the Chicago Public Library.” In Daley’s 22-year reign, 59 Chicago Public Libraries were either renovated or built as new construction and included innovations such as the YOUmedia teen centers and the popular One Book program.

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