Longtime Republic Branch Library Manager Kim Flores was named new branch manager of the Brentwood Branch Library on Thursday, March 10.
Kim succeeds Marilyn Prosser, who retired as manager in February. Kim will move to the Brentwood Branch after a new Republic branch manager is named.
“I'm really excited because the staff at Brentwood is so wonderful, and there are so many possibilities for that branch,” Kim said after the announcement. “But I have to admit being a bit blue about leaving the wonderful staff and patrons at Republic.
“After I jumped up and down when they offered me the position, I went home and cried on my husband's shoulder! It's been an interesting week.” Kim added, “I'm excited for the future.”
After making the announcement on Thursday, Associate Director Jim Schmidt added, “Kim brings enthusiasm and experience to the position.”
Kim earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Drury University and her master of library science from Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies in Denton, Texas.
Since joining the Library in 1995, she has been circulation/audiovisual manager of the Main Library, now Midtown Carnegie Branch; children’s department manager of the Midtown Carnegie Branch from 1997-1999; and children’s department manager of the Library Center from 1999-2007. In 2007 she became Republic Branch Library manager, and in 2009 oversaw the opening and move to the new Republic Branch.
Among her accomplishments so far, she was named one of the 20 Most Influential Women of 2010 by the Springfield Business Journal, and received the Library District’s “Circle of Excellence” Employee Recognition Award.
At the time of her “most influential women” award, Kim recounted that her proudest professional accomplishment was “… that so many of the young people I’ve supervised have gone on to successful careers as teachers and librarians. Two of those young women succeeded me as children’s department manager after I moved on to Republic. Another is now a branch manager and yet another is the Library’s Foundation director. I hope that in some small way, I played a part in their success and I’m as proud of their accomplishments as any of my own.”
Kim’s family includes husband Eddie, son Adam and daughters Maya and Elena.