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Library’s Shelly Smith retiring at year’s end

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Longtime Forsyth Public Library employee Shelly Smith makes it official on December 30. That’s the day the library’s senior technician has chosen to retire after 25-plus years of service.

To honor her many years of serving the community, on December 19, at the Board Meeting at Village Hall, Mayor Marilyn Johnson and Village Administrator David Strohl presented Smith with a plaque and thanked her for all her years of hard work on behalf of the library’s patrons.

The plaque read: “In appreciation of your 25 years of dedicated service.”

Upon receipt of the honor, Smith expressed her gratitude.

“Thank you for letting me share all the years,” she said.

Smith began her career at the library in 1991 and worked with five different library directors, 30 different fellow staff members, and she prepared 30,000 items for circulation.

Library Director Rachel Miller called her a valuable member of the library staff who “will truly be missed.”

There was also a holiday open house in Smith’s honor at the library on December 21. Congratulations!

Library notes: Jennifer Lawyer, who has been a part-time employee at the library, will now move into Smith’s position. A new employee, Pam Schmahl, has been hired to fill Lawyer’s spot. Lisa Sarm, Youth Services assistant, left in mid-December to accept a full-time position at Lincoln Library in Springfield.

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