Michelle Trysstad and April Arndt

Michelle Tryggestad (left) the new Bekkum Memorial Library Director, with Assistant Director, April Arndt.

Bekkum Memorial Library is proud to announce the hiring of Michelle Tryggestad as Library Director. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s of Education Professional Development in Library Media Studies Degree.

Tryggestad has worked in several school districts as a teacher, a library specialist and, most recently, as the Library Media /Tech Integration Specialist at the Westby Area High School. She has also served as a volunteer, an employee and a board member at several libraries. Her experience includes developing a public library by finding space, funding, and staffing, as well as developing programming and the collection of materials.

Tryggestad’s family moved to Pumpkin Ridge, rural Chaseburg,from Waterville, Iowa, when she was in the seventh grade. She graduated from Viroqua High School. Michelle and her husband, Cory, own and operate his family dairy farm near Viroqua. They enjoy spending time with their son and daughter, spouses, and their seven grandchildren.

“I would love to hear your ideas on how we can make the library a great place for you. Stop by and say hello anytime,” Tryggestad said.

Her position begins at the Bekkum Memorial Library on Monday, Dec. 18.


Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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