Saturday, December 18, 2010
40 Years at the Missoula Public Library
Link to December 15 Missoula Missoulian article, "Missoula Public librarian retires after 40 years".
Excerpt: Vaun Stevens wore a button that said "Ask Me," and in her 40 years at the Missoula Public Library, people have done just that. Over and over again.
"One of the oddest questions I got is, ‘How thick is a rhinoceros hide?' I couldn't track it down," Stevens said.
At least, she couldn't track it down in the materials at the Missoula library. So Stevens, ever the resourceful reference librarian, picked up the telephone and called the San Diego Zoo.
Answer? Some 2 inches thick on average.
On Wednesday, Stevens and friends celebrated her retirement from the library after four decades of service. She spent one year as a children's librarian and the other 39 at the reference desk.