Judy Arnold and Guy “Pete” Petersen, longtime Marion Carnegie Library Board of Trustees members, recently retired from the board. The book Children of the World has been added to the library’s collection in honor of Arnold, while Bonsai Babe Ruth commemorates Petersen’s time on the board.
Peterson is a retired school administrator, coach and U.S. Army veteran. In addition, Peterson is a charter and lifetime member of the Illinois Principals’ Association, member and past president of the Schoolmasters’ Club and Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame member. He has also been honored by the Marion Chamber of Commerce for 40 plus years in the field of education.
“Upon reading my name in the paper as an appointee to the library’s Board of Trustees, I was most proud to accept the honor. I feel it is the Board’s duty to give full support to a most capable staff,” remembers Peterson. He adds, “A memory which I will cherish and always remember as being a most important decision of the Board was the successful building renovation and addition which kept the integrity of the original architecture. I cordially invite the public to visit the library.” Peterson was a board member beginning in 1992 and held several offices during his tenure on the board.
Arnold is a retired educator who headed the Gifted Program for Marion Community School District. A native of Marion, she taught for 35 years before joining the board in 2007. During her years of service, Arnold served as secretary of the board.
Arnold says, “I have enjoyed being a part of the function of the library. It was a wonderful experience to learn what a valuable asset the library is to the city of Marion.”
MCL’s director David Patton says of Arnold and Petersen, “We have enjoyed Pete and Judy’s time on the board. They truly love the library and have given valuable service. I and the library staff will miss them as board members, but continue to look forward to seeing them when they visit the library.”
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