Linda Crossland is the library director at the library, having served in that position since 2004. She began working at the library in 2003 as a library assistant while Anna Houdek was the library director. When Anna retired in December 2003, Linda became the new director. Linda’s former career was as a nurse in California for 14 years, then working for a family practice physician for 10 years in Parker, Arizona, followed by working at the public health department in Parker, Arizona for another 4 years. Linda and her family moved to Iowa in 2002 after her husband retired from teaching in Arizona, and to provide her daughter with more opportunities academically and culturally. As a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she found it exciting to move back to Iowa and live in beautiful northeast Iowa, not too far from some of her relatives in the Cedar Rapids area. Many changes have taken place at the library while Linda has served as director, including expansion of the existing building in 2005 to create a Children’s Library section, renovation of the back portion of the library to relocate the City Clerk’s office to this building complex, the addition of 6 public use computers, plus wireless Internet service, installation of new flooring in the main portion of the library, initiating a DVD collection that continues to grow, and continuation of many of the programs and services begun by former director Anna Houdek.
Linda enjoys being outdoors, working in her gardens, traveling around the United States, which she has done lots of throughout her entire life, being active and serving in her church, Bible studies, listening to music, spending time with her family and friends, taking care of her pets, shopping, sightseeing, and oh yes, reading. She lives in Calmar with her husband, Alan, who is a teacher at South Winn High School, her dog Leah, and cats: Patches, OB, Millie, Tarzan, Luna, Scarlett (her blind kitty), Rascal, Christopher, Crouton, “TG”, and her daughter’s cat Jynx. She has also been a “foster mom” fostering cats for the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa. She also enjoys volunteering at the new Love and Friendship Adoption Center of the Human Society in Decorah. Her daughter, Alysson is currently attending Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, studying Renewable Energy Resources and Electrical Technology and hopes to specialize in the field of solar energy upon graduation in August 2016.