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Newest library board member follows a family tradition

2010-12-20T00:00:00Z Newest library board member follows a family traditionBy Sue Bero Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 20, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Alice Cope, of Hobart, is the newest member of the Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees. She was welcomed at the November board meeting.

Cope, an educator in Lake County for 23 years, has held the position of high school media specialist and director of library services for the School City of Hobart since 1995. A 1980 graduate of Hobart High School, she received a bachelor's degree in communications from Manchester College in 1985 and a master's in library media and audiovisual services from Purdue University Calumet in 1992.

The position on the board has special meaning for Cope, whose mother, Margaret "Peggy" Hunt, a former media specialist for the River Forest School Corp., also was a longtime member of the library board.

"I was honored," Cope said of her appointment. "Bob Marszalek, a retired Hobart school board member, administrator for River Forest Schools and longtime family friend, was very instrumental in pushing me to apply and go forth with getting on the board.

"My mom was a big library supporter, she passed away three years ago," Cope said. "She loved the library and I know she would be very proud of this."

The board works to support the library's mission of providing the highest quality informational, educational, cultural and recreational resources and services to residents of all ages in the Lake County Public Library District. "We try to make decisions that will affect libraries at a business level and be beneficial to the communities," said Cope.

Cope taught at Morton Elementary School in Hammond for eight years prior to joining School City of Hobart, where she was instrumental in launching the Brickie Cove Book Club that pairs senior citizens with high school students monthly. She is a member of Hobart Kiwanis Club, Delta Kappa Gamma and Savvy Side Kick Natural Horsemanship Club; Cope has a 1,800-pound Clydesdale named Deborah.

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