Celebrating Six Months with Kelly Richards!

By Kate C. RSS Wed, August 24, 2022

Last November, we announced that Kelly Richards would be joining the Free Library as our new President and Director, coming to Philadelphia after serving as the Director of the Muskegon Area District Library in Michigan and President of the Michigan Library Association.

Mr. Richards began his tenure with us on January 14, 2022, and as he recently completed six months in the role, we decided to catch up with him for a short interview about what he loves and what he has learned so far. Check it out!


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What's with this back-patting PR video here? Have any of the real systemic racism issues been addressed at library since Richards has started? Have the ongoing library worker concerns been addressed? Has your HR department actually been able to hire staff? Have any of the ongoing issues with your Management, Executive Staff, and Board of Directors been addressed? Maybe hold off on the congrats until ya'll actually take care of all of the above!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2022