By Barb Coger

(Hamilton, NY – Oct. 2012) The atmosphere at Hamilton Public Library has been charged with excitement during the past few weeks. There have been undercurrents of intrigue and more than one conversation has ended abruptly with my appearance.

And now I know why.

The staff, board, Friends of the Library and Story Time families have created a most memorable retirement farewell for me. I’ve been honored at potluck luncheons and dinners and a special bench dedication ceremony complete with background music, proclamations, delicious refreshments and gifts.

I’ve enjoyed reading all the comments that were written in my book of photographs and the guest book that have been on the library’s counter.

So many of you also took a moment to stop by and share some favorite stories while enjoying the homemade goodies that were at the library every day last week.

I have appreciated this tremendous outpouring of support and thank all of you for these wonderful memories. I have enjoyed being part of the library, and I leave knowing that my pet projects will continue thanks to those who have stepped up to conduct them.

I am leaving the library in good hands.

Hopefully we’ll meet again soon, maybe at the stone bench in front of the library!

As a reminder, if you are interested in attending training classes for becoming a literacy tutor, contact Morris Atwood at (315) 761-2525 or These classes begin Oct. 11.

The library will be closed Monday, Oct. 8. The library will be open as usual the rest of the week: Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the library at (315) 824-3060 during regular hours for assistance. The book drop on Broad Street is always open for your convenience. Check the library’s Facebook account or webpage for up-to-date information about programs and special events.

By martha

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