About the Library Director

Meet Marie Van Beek, our library director.


Marie is a graduate of Baxter Community School and of Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Agriculture in Horticulture in1980.  After graduation Marie ran Karen's Plant Shop with her mother for 27 years.


Marie was born in Baxter and is the daughter of Rich and Karen Deutsch.  She is the mother of Brian, Paul and Stephen who all live in Baxter. She also has 2 granddaughters who attend the Baxter Community School

Library Experience

Marie is an avid reader and was on the library board for over 10 years. Marie received her library certification in 2010. 


Marie loves gardening, quilting and spending time with her grandchildren.