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Steve Rogge retires from RPL

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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Rapides Parish Library system will be getting a new director this summer, and that person will have very experienced shoes to fill.

"There are many hours that are relaxing indeed," said Steve Rogge, the current but retiring director of RPL. "But they are interspersed with little moments of terror, like any job I suppose."

Yes, the library may be a traditionally quiet place, but Rogge has seen his share of excitement in 30 years as director of RPL. Most notably, three decades of constantly evolving technology.

"Way back in the day, I catalogued the books and I typed the catalog cards," Rogge said. "The contents have stayed the same; it's the container that keeps changing. If you don't pay attention, you can indeed become irrelevant."

It's about keeping the library experience but also making that experience easily accessible to all.

"Because we really think--and we're the true believers--we really think that there's so much here, that if people just stopped and took a look, they'd be hooked too," said Rogge. "Or of course the library is also now, you sit at home and access us through the internet, check out an e-book and never have to leave your couch."

All this, and one other important change.

"We are no longer 'shushers,'" said Rogge, "in the sense that we're going to go around and smack you with a ruler if your voice gets too loud."

And though he'll leave the office of director, Steve Rogge says he'll never be far from the Rapides Parish Library. 

"I'm from Iowa, but this is home," he said. "And we'll definitely be staying through our retirement, and enjoying it."

A board committee will be reporting to the full board next week with a selection of candidates to interview for the director job. The goal is to have somebody in place on July 1 when Rogge leaves. 



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