Library Foundation declares December 13 as ‘Sheldon Kaye Daye’

■ STAFF REPORT     

On Tuesday, Dec. 13 the Board of Directors of the Johann Fust Library Foundation welcomes the Boca Grande community to the library at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate “Sheldon Kaye Daye,” in honor of the Lee County Library 
System director who will be retiring at the end of this month.

Kaye was instrumental in bringing about the unique joint public-private partnership between the Foundation and Lee County in 2012, which has greatly enhanced the level and scope of library services available in Boca Grande. He became library system director in Lee County in August of 2006.

JF Library Foundation President Candice Shy Hooper said, “We are grateful to Sheldon for his leadership in bringing about this wonderful collaboration of Lee County and our Foundation to best serve the many library lovers in our community.” She added, “His enthusiasm, caring nature and genuine love for our special library has been much appreciated. We will miss him.”

Refreshments will be served from 11:30 am to noon. No reservations are required.

Kaye has witnessed the growth of the library industry over the past three decades in key leadership roles. He was the executive director of the Portland Public Library in Maine for 18 years before coming to Lee County.

During his tenure there, he helped the Portland library system strengthen its programming base, expand its audiovisual services, restore its much-loved Burbank Branch and ensure that its constituents remained at the focal point of services.

Sheldon is especially fond of audiobooks. He has reviewed and judged audiobooks and even served as an adviser to the founder of AudioFile magazine. He has a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College in Boston, Mass. and a bachelor’s from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt.

“Sheldon is a terrific guy, who has made the Lee County Library System one of the most successful in the country. And he was such an important part of the successful partnership between the Johann Fust Library & Lee County that has made our library even more special,” said Hooper.

For more information, contact the Library Foundation at 964-0211.