My time has come to say good-bye to Perry Public Library as my
retirement at the end of April is quickly approaching.
It is difficult to put into words how much serving as Library Director for
the past 30 years has meant to me. It has been
an honor and a privilege to work with the dedicated staff, trustees, and Friends of Perry
Public Library, as well as to serve and interact with the many library patrons all these
I want especially
to note that having a staff of people who love books and are avid readers is a priceless
asset to any community, and we can be proud of that here at our library. The staff
understands that serving the patrons is our top priority, and they bring their many skills
and years of experience to the job every single day. Thank
The library world
continues to grow and change, and we have experienced many, many changes during my years
at this library. At all times we have had the wonderful support of the Pioneer Library
Systemboth through the System staff and also the member libraries. It is a network that works in so many different
ways, and I have always called it the backbone of our public libraries.
both past and present have taken their roles very seriously in order to provide excellent
library service to the Perry community. I
thank these volunteers for their time and attention to all those tasks that keep libraries
running smoothly. A chart of Perry Public
Library trustees has been on display at the library since our 100th anniversary
celebration last fall as a reminder that we value their efforts.
Where would we be
without our Friends? Since its beginning in
1986, the Friends of Perry Public Library group has provided many hours of volunteer help
and financial support to our library. I have enjoyed working with them and will continue
to do so in my retirement. Their service continues with National Library Week, April
12-18, 2015, and the annual membership drive.
With the impossible
task of summarizing my 30 years at Perry Public Library, I simply invite any who are able
to come to my Retirement Open House to be held at the library on Saturday, April 18, 2015,
from 2 to 5 PM.
What am I reading
now? This occasional column usually ends with
that question; and you will find me reading, among other books, the upcoming titles for
the Book Discussion Group: The Boys in the
Boat, by Daniel James Brown, for discussion on Tuesday, April 28, 7 PM and Deep
Down Dark, by Hector Tobar, for discussion on Tuesday, May 26, 7 PM.
Library hours: Mon. & Wed., 1-7 PM;
Tues. & Th., 10 AM to 7 PM; Fri., 1-5 PM; Sat., 9 AM to 1 PM. Website: perry.pls-net.org