A Riverside native who was appointed interim director of the Riverside Public Library system last year will remain at the helm for the long term, it was announced Wednesday.

Erin Christmas was officially appointed director by the Board of Library Trustees on Monday night.

Christmas will earn $150,000 annually and oversee the Main Library in downtown Riverside, as well as eight branches citywide.

“Erin Christmas has proven herself to be a tireless advocate of how the library system in Riverside can change lives,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “She understands that the library is an incredible resource for young people starting their educations to adults trying to get back into the workforce.”

Christmas had been the interim director since December, following the resignation of then-Library Director Tonya Kennon. Prior to being named to the interim post, Christmas served for 16 months as assistant library director.

She has held positions with the Santa Clarita Public Library, the San Bernardino County Library system and UC Riverside.

This year, Christmas supervised the Riverside Reads campaign and the Toy Lending Project, as well as oversaw upgrades intended to expand service to residents, city officials said.

“The library that we grew up with has evolved into a multi-dimensional information center, and Erin understands that,” Councilman Chuck Conder said. “We look forward to seeing her continue to outreach to the community and continue to tell the story of how a modern library can assist the public.”

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