A New Chapter for CADL Foster's Jean Bolley

We’re excited to wish Jean Bolley a happy retirement! Her last day at CADL will be Thursday, Dec. 31.

Jean has been the Head Librarian for CADL Foster since it reopened in 1998 and has worked in libraries long before that. She started at the Lansing Public Library in the spring of 1973, earning her MLS from the University of Michigan that same summer. As the years moved on so did she, from an Adult Services Librarian, to a Teen Librarian and finally a Children’s Librarian—where her passion for storytelling shone bright.

She often attended workshops and national conferences on storytelling, honing her craft. In 2006 she completed her master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on storytelling. 

Jean’s expertise and passion helped position CADL Foster as a wonderful neighborhood library with storytimes as a cornerstone of their many early literacy initiatives. Many current staff members who have made careers at CADL were originally hired by Jean. Holt-Delhi Head Librarian Karon Walter, Holt-Delhi Public Services Librarian Annie Gordon, Williamston Public Service Librarian Storm Boyer, and Downtown Lansing Library Assistant Mark Buzzitta all started as pages at the Foster or Downtown branches! 

The impact Jean has had throughout her career is immeasurable, both on CADL and on the thousands of children and families who were lucky enough to visit a library where she was working. Join us in wishing her well on the next chapter of her story!

Miss Jean’s puppets, IC Berg and Mother Goose, often attended storytime with her. Of the hundreds of books read, here are Jean’s favorites to read and theirs to hear!