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Director, Rochester Public Library

About Karen Lemke

Karen Lemke started her “dream job” as Head of Marketing and Community Engagement at the Rochester Public Library in 2015. In February 2022 she began a new “dream job” by taking on the role of Library Director, following the retirement of longtime director, Audrey Betcher.

With a mission of “welcoming all to connect and learn,” the team at RPL is dedicated to providing services and programs to community members. With a single downtown location and a busy Bookmobile, the Rochester Public Library welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

Karen has a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communications from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as a M.L.I.S from Clarion University.