The next Davenport library director called his hiring Thursday “a dream come true.” 

KennethWayne Thompson, a branch manager in the Atlanta Fulton Library System, in Atlanta, Ga., accepted the position of library director. His annual salary will be $91,000 when he starts in April, library board chairman Greg Lundgren said.

The board is excited about Thompson, Lundgren said.

“He is an absolutely energizing, dynamic young man who has great visions for the library and will be an outstanding new citizen of Davenport,” Lundgren said.

Thompson said he got excited about the position when he interviewed and saw the library staff’s dedication and the community involvement.

“That showed me the library had a lot of support,” he said.

He also found Davenport’s library system attractive from a distance.

“From the web pressence, the use of technology and a book sorter that larger libraries dream of having, they were doing things that larger libraries wish they could do,” he said.

The library, as with other city departments, has faced budget cuts the past two years, but that doesn’t bother Thompson.

“Public libraries are historically faced with budget cuts, but they always rise to the top,” he said. “They use the resources the best ways they can, and I’m sure we’ll be able to continue to do that at Davenport Public Library.”

Thompson follows LaWanda Roudebush, who retired at the end of January. He was one of three finalists brought to Davenport to interview for the position.

Amy Groskopf, associate director of resources, is serving as interim director until Thompson starts.


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KennethWayne Thompson, a branch manager in the Atlanta Fulton Library System, has accepted the position of library director for the city of Davenport.

Thompson, whose annual salary will be $91,000, will start April 1, library board chairman Greg Lundgren said.

The board is excited about Thompson, Lundgren said.

“He is an absolutely energizing, dynamic young man who has great visions for the library and will be an outstanding new citizen of Davenport,” Lundgren said.

Thompson is equally excited about his new position with a “great” library system.

“I am excited about my role as library director of the Davenport Public Library and look forward to becoming actively involved in the community,” he said. “The citizens of Davenport deserve the best library system possible, and that will always be my focus.”

Thompson follows LaWanda Roudebush, who retired at the end of January. He was one of three finalists brought to Davenport to interview for the position.

Amy Groskopf, associate director of resources, is serving as interim director until Thompson starts.