New library director reflects on 2018 events

Literary Junction
Thursday, December 27, 2018
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Here we are again, closing in on the end of another year. By the time you are reading this, Christmas will be done and New Year’s Day just around the corner. As many others do, I like to look back at this time of year and reflect on that which took place at the Big Horn County Library.

In 1918, the cornerstone for the Big Horn County Library was laid, which meant it was our centennial year. In celebration of that event in May, we buried a time capsule by the flagpole. In it was the Big Horn County newspaper, pictures and other items commemorating our centennial. Many from the community attended and it was a memorable event.

Our children’s program was successful again this year. Besides the weekly story time, Angie had quite a list of activities for the kids this past summer. These included fishing and kayaking trips to Big Horn Lake. While the kids came back looking rather tired, they all seemed to enjoy themselves.

We had two authors visit us this past year. In April, bestselling author Tracie Peterson did a presentation and book signing. All those who attended had a very good time both listening to Tracie and asking her questions about her writing process. In addition, this past October, Kelsey Keating – a young up-and-coming author from Billings – was here to do a book signing. Both events were much enjoyed by our patrons.

Probably the biggest change this year, at least from a personal standpoint, was the retirement of our director Donelle Boyer. Donelle had been a part of the Big Horn County Library for about as long as anyone could remember. Starting out working here as a high school student, she then came on board with the Bookmobile program. When that program shut down due to the price of upkeep on the vehicle itself, Donelle moved into the position of Children’s Librarian.

This is, of course, where she is most remembered, giving tours to the grade school kids, taking them on field trips in the summer, and keeping the well-stocked fish aquariums for everyone’s enjoyment. Donelle and her fiancé have moved to his family farm in Missouri and from the word we get, while she misses her friends and family, she is enjoying this new adventure and phase of her life.

I will say that Donelle was a very good supervisor, easy to talk to and work for. As I am sure you already know, I have been given the privilege of stepping into her position as Director of the Big Horn County Library. My hope is that I will do as good a job as Donelle.

We at the Big Horn County Library would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe New Year’s holiday.