Jessica McPhail believes in the power and potential of libraries to enrich communities, enhance the quality of life for people of all backgrounds, and fuel their futures. She has committed her career to ensuring that residents have access to the services, materials, and technology needed to enjoy a lifetime of learning and growth.
Jessica has served as Director of the Racine Public Library since 1999, and leads a team of dedicated librarians, including researchers and technologists, who make certain the library is a welcoming place that connects people with ideas and each other. Prior to her hire in Racine, she led library systems in Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio. She earned a Bachelor degree in Writing and Humanities from Columbia College in Chicago and a Master degree in Library Science from Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois.
In addition to being Racine Public Library’s Director, Jessica is an author, an active member of the community, a mother of four public-school-educated children, and a Cubs fan.