WEATHERFORD — By BRIAN SMITH
After 10 years with the Weatherford Public Library, Director of Library Services Dale Fleeger has decided to retire.
Fleeger said he will be leaving at the end of July. While a new full-time director is sought, Assistant DLS Chris Accardo will be in charge.
Fleeger, who came to town after being a coordinator of the Northeast Texas Library System, said he has enjoyed his time in Weatherford and plans to stay in the area. During his tenure, Fleeger has helped expand the library system not only in Weatherford but throughout Parker County.
He helped develop a consortium of all the libraries in the county, the Parker County Library Association, which makes all resources of each library available to all the members. That was expanded earlier this year with the addition of the Boyce Ditto Public Library in Mineral Wells.
Fleeger said he wanted to build such a group when he first arrived. Fleeger coordinated a 33-county system in East Texas before coming to Weatherford. A consultant from Colorado was hired to help the libraries get more grant monies and the association was developed.
“The community came together at that point and decided they wanted expansion,” Fleeger said. “They were responsible for all of this. Over the years we have tried to give our users the services they need and want with limited resources.”
Fleeger said the library owns the land to the west of the present facility for future development, if desired.
During his tenure, grant money was procured to digitize many older documents, photos and more. Grant monies expire in August, but Fleeger said a smaller grant has been received to continue the program for at least another year. Fleeger said he is also working on a project entitled “Jim Wright — The Weatherford Years” for which a decision on grant funding is expected later this summer.