Stephen Bero, executive director of the Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee, has announced his retirement after nine years on the job, effective July 31. Bero has been in public libraries for 23 years and in the book business for a total of 37 years, according to a Warren-Newport Public Library news release.
The library board of trustees is expected to conduct a national search for a successor. Trustees meet monthly at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.
During his tenure at WNPL, Bero oversaw a 14-month, $8.7 million expansion and renovation program that added 4800 square feet of meeting room space and created new study rooms, computer lab, and a dedicated teen area.
Bero plans to pursue his interests in music and writing and spend more time with his family, the release said.
Last year the library wrapped up a 40th anniversary celebration that saw family programs, permanent art and higher levels of fundraising.
The Chicago Tribune has named WNPL among the Top 100 Workplaces in the Chicagoland area for three years running.
The Warren-Newport Public Library District, founded by volunteers in 1973, serves a population of approximately 67,000 within a 55-square mile area that covers all or most of Warren and Newport townships, including Gurnee, Wadsworth, Park City, Wildwood, Grandwood Park, Old Mill Creek, and portions of Grayslake, Millburn, Lake Villa, Libertyville and Waukegan.