Fond words, nice gifts and pleasant company marked a special Open House for longtime Northumberland Public Library employee Betty Dunaway on her June 12 retirement.
The event, held in the library’s Meeting Room, drew dozens of well-wishers who enjoyed a light snack and signed a Guest Book for Dunaway. “Betty has been a cornerstone of the library for 33 years,” said Board of Trustees President Eve Jordan as she presented cards and gifts from friends and co-workers to Dunaway. Library Director Alice Cooper noted that Dunaway has “always been the rock of the library” and would be missed.
“What are we going to do without her every morning?” Cooper mused. Longtime library supporter Porter Kier said that Dunaway has played a key role in making the library “an integral part of the happiness of this community.”
Even though June 12 was her last full day of work, Dunaway will be at the library one day a week – at least for a while. “She’ll be back on Thursdays to help us to do the transition of being without her,” Jordan said. “Thank you, Betty.” Cooper likewise expressed delight that Dunaway has agreed to come in on Thursdays.
“Thank you for everything,” Cooper said. “You’re welcome,” Dunaway replied.
“It’s fun,” said Dunaway, who has been with the library since 1982 when it was located in an old store in Lottsburg. Asked why she decided to work for the library, Dunaway replied, “I like to read and I like meeting new people.”
Dunaway wore a wrist corsage she’d received at the event. While catching up on sleep is definitely part of her future plans, she also said she intends to garden, relax and do a bit of traveling. One destination is Charleston, S.C., where she plans to visit her granddaughter.
So what will she miss the most? “My friends,” she replied. “But I’ll still get to see them because I’ll do one day a week” at the library