2016-10-20 / Life in Leelanau

Suttons Bay looks to Kalkaska in hiring new library director

An Elmwood Township man has been named director of the Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library.

Bradley Chaplin, 48, will succeed Ryan Deery who recently received a posting as director of the Allegan, Michigan District Library.

Chaplin, former director of the Kalkaska Community Library, brings five years of experience in library operations to his new post. He will begin working in Suttons Bay on Nov. 14.

“We are pleased to welcome a person of Mr. Chaplin’s caliber to the Suttons Bay area,” said John Krug, President of the Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library Board of Trustees.

“He is known for his ability to inspire innovative programs and services that benefit the library’s patrons and its place in the community,” Krug said of Chaplin in a news release.

Chaplin earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Michigan State University. In 2014, under his leadership, the Kalkaska library won the June B. Mendel Award for Excellence in Rural Library Service.

His professional affiliations include membership in the Michigan Library Association and Northland Library Cooperative where he served as a board member.

Chaplin and his wife, Jill, reside on Cedar Lake in Elmwood Township. According to Krug, Chaplin said he will enjoy a shorter commute to work in Suttons Bay than he endured while working in Kalkaska.

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