Fewer than six months ago, Kim Krueger was observing Cindy Moriarity at the Brookfield Public Library as part of her final requirements for her master’s degree in library and information sciences from the University of Illinois. Now Krueger has replaced Moriarity as the head of youth services at the library.

Although Krueger, 49, received her library degree this year, she has been working in libraries for most of her life. Her first job was as a 15-year- old page at her hometown Glen Ellyn Public Library.

She worked in circulation at the Oak Park Public Library in the 1980s and spent almost 20 years working at the Ryerson and Burnham Library at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 2008 she was hired as the youth services outreach coordinator at the LaGrange Public Library, the job she held until coming to the Brookfield library last week.

Krueger is looking toward the future despite the controversy over the firing of her predecessor.

“My goal is to build on the strengths of the past and to expand our programming for the future as staffing and space permits,” said Krueger last week as she sat down with the Landmark for a brief interview, which was also attended by Library Director Kim Litland.

Krueger said that controversy over Moriarity firing did not affect her first week on the job.

“I personally have not encountered any animosity from staff or the patrons that I’ve spoken to, and I can’t speak to events before I was hired,” Krueger said.

-Bob Skolnik