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Well-traveled library director returns to area

CRYSTAL FALLS— When an area resident goes abroad for experience, it is always an open question if that person finds their way back to the Iron County area. One new area manager who was able to do exactly that is Evelyn Gathu, the new director of the Crystal Falls Community Library.
    Though she started her tenure at the library on April 29, it is not the start of her experiences with the city, as she is a native of the community. Her birth name is Evelyn Bendick, and back when she had retained her maiden name, she had decided to become a teacher. She started working toward that in high school and became a fully-fledged educator in 1995.
    She started with local students before her vocation took her further afield, overseas. A partial list of the nations she’s worked in include Taiwan, Syria, and most recently the disquieted country of Venezuela.
    While Venezuela was a popular tourism destination in the past, certainly in the 1990s, in recent years that South American territory has been experiencing increasing civil unrest and political instability, of late the trouble becoming pronounced enough to make that place the center of attention for the international community.
    As such, she had recently felt that – after three years there – it was no longer an appropriate location in which to reside for the younger members of her family. She took them back to Iron County and managed to end up in the director position in the process, filling a hole left by the departure of 32-year veteran Mary Jean Thoreson.


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