After 33 years of service to the City of Milford, Jean Tsang is stepping down at Director of the Milford Public Library on June 21, 2013. She sent her letter of resignation to Mayor Blake and Library Board Members on February 5.
Speaking to Milford Patch, Tsang noted that she and her husband will continue to live in Milford and she will continue with various volunteering activities in town. Tsang went on to say that she will work with the new director, doing everything that she can to help and "make the transition a smooth one."
In her letter, Jean Tsang wrote "My years at the Milford Public Library have been fulfilling. I have always strived to do the best I could to make our library a better place."
Mayor Blake called Tsang's retirement a "great loss" for the City, but noted that she has given enough notice that it will make for a "smooth transition." Mayor Blake described Tsang's time with the Milford Library as a "storied career."
Below is a copy of Jean Tsang's letter of resignation, written on February 5:
Dear Mayor Blake & Library Board Members.
When I began working at Milford Public Library in October of 1980, I envisioned a two to three year commitment. Little did I imagine that I would be drawn into the warmth and charm of a generous community that would become my year round home!
The renovation of our building and the addition of eBooks and downloadable audio-books have been high points in my career. Of course, there were hardships. The Flood of 1982, a leaky roof, and budgetary constraints made for challenges.
My years at the Milford Public Library have been fulfilling. I have always strived to do the best I could to make our library a better place. I have had the privilege of working with a dedicated and supportive staff that provides top-notch service; everyone has worked together to make our always improving service a reality.
It is with mixed emotions that I resign my position as Library Director effective June 21, 2013. The time is right for me both personally and professionally to retire. It is also time for someone with stronger technological skills and a fresh eye to take on this challenging position. I will do everything within my power to help the Library Board make a wise choice. I know the transition will be a smooth one for staff, Board, and Friends.
I thank you for the opportunity to serve such a wonderful community. I thank each of you for your mutual respect and support of our library and myself.
Jean S. Tsang