Today, Monday, June 6th, was officially Georgie’s last day employed by the West Allis Public Library as she begins what we hope will be a long, creative, productive, and happy retirement. She’s enjoyed working at the library for 31 and a half years, since October of 1984. However, particularly of late, her work has gotten to be more and more “desktop tech support” and less and less of the human contact reference work she really enjoyed. When we calculated that pension and Social Security would equal the income she was getting from her typical hours, she decided it was time to take time for herself. The library will doubtless miss her graphic arts support, in particular the popular colorful posters for Summer Reading program and similar events, but the more-or-less steady demand of those jobs and her irregular work hours kept her from being able to put sustained effort into creative projects of her own. She plans now to set herself a regular schedule to work on the backlog of projects she has on hand.
Georgie got very nice personal letters of congratulation both from the Library Director and the Mayor of West Allis. This afternoon, her co-workers brought in tea and snacks for a nice get-together. Georgie got a lovely card in which more than one person expressed the sentiment that the library would not be the same without her.