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Nov. 6, 2006

Howard Lake Library gets a new librarian

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

The Howard Lake branch of the Great River Regional Library welcomed Deborah Cox-Johnson as the new branch manager in October.

Originally born in Mound, Cox-Johnson lived in Minneapolis and Minnetonka before moving to Howard Lake in 1999.

As a graduate of Vassar College, with a degree in English literature, Cox-Johnson remembers spending hours upon hours in libraries. “As a literature major and avid reader, I absolutely loved the hours I spent in libraries, and would be delighted if everyone could enjoy them as much as I have.”

The new librarian previously spent approximately 20 years in a business career that focused on marketing, sales, and public relations. Cox-Johnson also worked many years in commercial real estate and mortgages.

Since moving to Howard Lake, Cox-Johnson says she has been enjoying the transition from a single, urban professional, to country wife, stepmother, and grandmother. Cox-Johnson stated that her favorite activities outside of work are gardening and riding horses.

The Great River Regional Library system is a five county, consolidated system, that provides library services through 32 libraries and a presence on the internet. Members of the Howard Lake branch library have access to more than 850,000 items and electronic resources.

“Deb is going to be an excellent addition to our staff because she is so customer focused,” reported Heidi Hoks, regional coordinator for the area libraries.

The Howard Lake branch manager also works with the Howard Lake Friends of the Library, an active and forward thinking group, said Hoks.

“I am so thrilled to be here, and I am so impressed with the Great River Library system. Our staff here in Howard Lake is wonderful and the ‘friends of the library’ seem to contribute an amazing amount of time and other resources.”

The Howard Lake library celebrated its centennial in 2005 and was honored for its more than 100 years of dedicated service to the community.


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