Excerpt: The Portage County Public Library may house more than 100,000 books, but to some, its circulation librarian is an institution in her own right.
Linda Kappell, 62, of Stevens Point started at the library Jan. 20, 1969, and never left. But after 40 years of service, Friday will be her last day.
"I told her she's too young to retire," daily library patron Lorraine Olski, 79, of Stevens Point said. "When ... I don't see her for a week or two, I say, 'Where have you been? It's been so long. I missed you.' She's a perfect librarian and helpful and everybody's going to miss her."
Kappell came to Stevens Point for college in 1964, where she studied library science and quickly joined the library family.