As 2014 comes to an end, so does the library’s centenary celebrations. What a year it has been! Thanks to the dedication of the library’s board, volunteers, staff and support from our community members the library held several successful events throughout the year marking this milestone. Celebrations included the creation of our Library Song, hosting CBC Radio’s BC Almanac Show, a Crime Writer’s Forum, a Short Story Contest, special musical and theatrical events in the library, and of course a lot of birthday cake along
Looking ahead, the library will be saying good-bye to two much appreciated and valued library employees; Stu and Maureen Young will be retiring mid-January after eighteen years of service. While all the library staff celebrate their retirement, we’ll also miss each for their wealth of knowledge and dedication to making the library a cheerful and welcoming place.
Stu started at the library in 1997 in a temporary position but soon was hired as a regular employee taking care of the library’s computers and website, and assisting with interlibrary loans and reference service. All the staff and many of our members know how Stu always finds the time to lend a helping hand. Whether it’s fixing a computer or locating an out-of-print title, he perseveres and follows through to the end with determination. Library staff will also miss Stu’s quiet humour and clever wit.
Maureen has been working on the circulation counter since 1997. She’s also the one who tracks new book and media orders, oversees a group of volunteers who help with book processing and visits Christenson Village monthly with books for residents. She’s best known for her kind-hearted manner and good listening skills. Many will agree Maureen always takes a moment to ask how you are and will always follow up the next time she sees you. She helps make our library a warm and welcoming place.
Maureen and Stu’s dedication and devotion has assisted in building and maintaining library services in Gibsons, just as those a hundred years ago did when managing Gibsons very first library.
On behalf of the library board, volunteers and staff we wish Maureen and Stu the best on their new chapter of life and thank them for their many years of service and dedication to the library.