By Bryan Fearn
Hollywood Library manager
Hello Hollywood community! We wanted to take a moment to introduce the new supervisor at Hollywood Library, MaryGrace McGovern. She is a talented library leader who is committed to providing excellent service at your library and we are excited to have her here in our community. She joins the Multnomah County Library system with a rich background of library and management experience. She comes to us from the College of the Redwoods, where she served as the director of the Learning Resource Center.
Throughout her library career, MaryGrace has worked in public, academic, community college and medical libraries and is a member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association and Oregon Library Association.
She has a keen interest in the role of the public library as creative, intellectual and technical, and as a critical part of building and sustaining communities. She has a strong commitment to providing excellent customer service and will be playing an integral role as our library continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of patrons in the 21st century.
As with many of library staff, MaryGrace enjoys readers’ advisory work and cannot resist recommending John Irving books, although her favorite read still stands as Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. Her latest film interest has been “House of Cards” on Netflix, and her current listening is a mix of Wilco, roots Americana and Jack White.
Last year, MaryGrace’s volunteer service consisted of answering phones for pledge drive week on public radio, economic development for kids through Lemonade Stand day, and donations to Food for People.
For fun she belongs to an adventure club, enjoys community events, and stays fit with yoga, walking and hitting the gym.
MaryGrace holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
She resides in the downtown district with Luke, her son, a senior at Lincoln High School. If you have the pleasure to meet MaryGrace in our library or community, help welcome her to the neighborhood.