Magazine article American Libraries

Idaho Falls Librarian Resigns under Cloud

Magazine article American Libraries

Idaho Falls Librarian Resigns under Cloud

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The reason Nancy Donahoo gave for her January 9 resignation from the directorship of the Idaho Falls (Idaho) Public Library was her long commute from Pocatello and her desire to spend more time with her family. "I have a 15- and 16-year-old and in less than two years they'll both be gone and you can't get them back," she told trustees, according to a January 8 report aired by CBS-TV affiliate KIDK. However, a city council member is saying the reason was the city attorney's discovery of financial improprieties at the library.

Donahoo's resignation came shortly after City Attorney Dale Storer completed a probe of library finances at the request of the mayor and the IFPL board chair. Council member Larry Lyon and library Friends spokesperson Marilyn Bernard told NBC-TV affiliate KPVI that Storer had found evidence of accounting irregularities, including the commingling of library and personal funds, and an alleged violation of child-labor laws in the hiring of a 13-year-old to work at IFPL. …

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