A new face will be welcoming patrons to the Kent Memorial Library starting April 2.

John Fuchs, 66, retired as the library director in Rochester, N.H., was appointed Saturday as Kent Memorial Library's new director.

"My retirement lasted four weeks," Fuchs said with a laugh about leaving Rochester. "I found I was ready and eager for a new professional challenge."

"I think the Kent directorship will be the capstone of my professional career," he remarked.

The library formed a search committee last fall when Laura McLaughlin announced her impending retirement as director.

"Everyone on the committee took the search for a new director very seriously," said search committee member Jannette Borne. "After interviewing several candidates, we felt we had found a perfect fit with John Fuchs."

Fuchs had been library director in Rochester, N.H. since 2002. He had previously served as director of libraries in California, Indiana and Massachusetts.

Fuchs and his wife, Kathy, are excited about moving to Kent, he said. Their grandchildren, ages 10 and 7, live in Cheshire.

"Finding someone from outside of the community with a reason to establish roots here is unique," said library board president Ken Cooper. "We're hiring a team in John and Kathy. They move to a community and sink in deep roots."

Fuchs said he looks forward to working with the staff and trustees of the library, maintaining the library's high standards of service and bringing enhancements for library patrons.

"Not too far down the road," he forecasted, "I expect there will be e-book access from our website."

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