Kelly Richards, MADL Director, to Lead the Free Library of Philadelphia

MUSKEGON, MI – Kelly Richards, Director, Muskegon Area District Library (MADL) has accepted the President and Director position at the Free Library of Philadelphia, one of the largest public library systems in the U.S with 54 branches.  Richards has worked at the Muskegon Area District Library since January, 2015 and under his leadership, a new 10-year operating millage was approved which has provided additional resources for expanded services in the community.

Richards was contacted by an executive search firm who worked with a 22-member Search Committee for the Free Library of Philadelphia system. “I was having a curious conversation, which ultimately led to an incredible opportunity, says Richards.

Since he joined MADL, increased programs and materials, newly-renovated branches, a new Bookmobile and three new Storyville Villages have been provided for the community.

“Our Board will work on a transition plan to provide a seamless hiring process for this position,” says Doug Hughes, Board Chairman. “We are grateful for Kelly’s leadership and service.”

Prior to joining MADL, he worked at the Genesee District Library as Branch Operations Manager. Richards family is originally from the Muskegon area.