Stacey Wicksall, director of the Macedon Public Library, has been named a 2021 Library All-Star by the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC). She was one of four library staff members to receive this honor, and the only one from the Pioneer Library System, which serves Ontario, Wyoming, Wayne, and Livingston counties.
Ron Kirsop, director of the Pioneer Library System, had this to say about Stacey’s win:
Under Stacey’s leadership, the Macedon Public Library has seen tremendous growth. The innovative programming and exceptional customer service has made the library cherished by the town’s residents. Stacey’s forward-thinking approach and dedication to the library community was especially highlighted over the past year. When the library closed on March 15, 2020 due to the serious public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, Stacey quickly pivoted the library’s programs and services to a virtual format so that the library would continue to be an information and educational resource to the community.
Kirsop noted Stacey’s securing of grants during the pandemic, which were used to fund “truly dynamic programming.” The Macedon Public Library has recently held programs including “Job seeking in a Virtual World” and a panel discussion on International Woman’s Day that featured soccer great Abby Wambach.
Kirsop also mentioned Stacey’s work with Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County, which has continued as much as possible during the pandemic, including fundraisers such as the socially distanced Pumpkin Walk.
In her remarks, Stacey thanked Kirsop and Suzanne Macauley, deputy director of the Pioneer Library System, for their guidance throughout the pandemic. “They provided reliable information about legal issues, health issues, necessary policies, mandated plans, PAUSE regulations, COVID protocols — and this was all done with a sprinkle of hilarity that lifted me up and kept me sane,” she said.
Stacey also recognized the dedicated staff of the Macedon Library, who worked tirelessly to provide online support and service following the library’s pandemic shut down.