Saying Good Bye to Janet Good Part 3
Janet Recognizes the Role Everyone Plays at the Library
Janet Good wanted to be a branch manager because, “Van Woodford had been here for 36 years and when she chose to leave the position, I realized I really enjoyed working for her and I liked her management style and the feel of the library she established,” said Good. “I didn’t want someone from the outside to come in and change it, so I applied,” she added.
Since taking the position 13 years ago Good admits her favorite part of the job is, “Matching people with books they like and helping them find information to answer their questions.” One of those patrons was Duncan Koehn, now graduated from college. “When we moved the library from the old building to the current North Branch in 2000, Duncan was about 5 years old. He had been coming to preschool story time and he pushed one of the grocery carts filled with books from the town hall to the new library to help us move,” Good shared. Koehn is one of the many patrons Janet saw grow up in the library. “He loved the library as he later served on the Teen Advisory Board and Teen Book Club and was awarded the Friends of the Library scholarship his senior year,” she added.
“I hope the library will continue to be a welcoming, family-oriented community center that offers information, entertainment, and opportunity for lifelong learning in addition to programs for all ages,” said Good. During her years of service Good said libraries kept up with the times and continue to provide a lot more services. “People can access library resources from their home computer or device and we also provide technical assistance on a variety of devices for anyone that needs them” Good stated.
Upon her departure on May 31, Good said, “I will miss all the staff and patrons.” She shared what each staff member brings to the library:
- Mary Snook – designs all the fabulous displays that attract people to books they may have never tried or thought of reading.
- Monica Owens – not only is she an enthusiastic children’s librarian, but she brings technical expertise to our community.
- Robin Avery – has bravely taken on the young Lego enthusiasts every other week and she also has a full gamut of teen programming to share.
- Sheila Brockmeier – although she is only here 20 hours a week, Sheila presents engaging story times in partnership with Monica.
- Maggie Cox – has been our right hand volunteer taking on book processing, sorting donations, and anything else we ask her to do. Without her we’d be buried in books.
- Sandy Coulter – has been a tremendous help working as a substitute most Saturdays since we only have enough allotted hours for one staff member to work on Saturdays.
“I like how our staff works as a team helping each other out because we are a small operation. Each one of these women brings her own talents to the job,” said Good.
Don’t forget Janet’s retirement party is May 30 starting at 3:30 pm in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library.