Jane Kauzlaric, director of the R.H. Johnson Library in Sun City West, has announced her retirement, effective Dec. 14.

Kauzlaric has been the librarian since Sept. 15, 2010. Prior to that, she had volunteered at the private library in its Data Resource Center and Adult Reference areas since 2008. To thank her for her service, the library will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 5, at the Library. Members are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

(As is regular policy, members must show their valid rec cards at the door to enter the Library).

Under Kauzlaric’s watch, the library has greatly expanded its digital footprint and welcomed new services to patrons, including the popular Virtual Reality program. Its DVD/Blu-ray collection is the largest private video library in the Southwest.

The library was renovated in 2017, and it continues to be one of the busiest facilities in Sun City West. Its check-out collection includes more than 45,000 titles, but the library also offers a digital collection, as well as space for a variety of interest groups including chess, poetry, writing, Legos and scrabble.

In 2016, the R.H. Johnson Library earned the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association’s Best Senior Program Award for its annual summer community puzzle. The library repeated the honors by taking the APRA Best Senior Program Award for the Virtual Reality program.

Every year, Kauzlaric and the Friends of the R.H. Johnson Library bring in a variety of speakers, authors and programs for patrons. This included efforts that resulted in receiving an Arizona Humanities Council grant in 2016, which made it possible to offer even more presentations.