|Gering librarian retires after 33 years on the job.|
|August 22, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Gering librarian Beth Trupp is retiring after 33 years on the job.
After 33 years of service with the Gering Public Library, children’s librarian Beth Trupp is putting the books back on the shelves a final time.
Beth Trupp started at the Gering Public Library in August of 1980 on a part-time basis. Over the years, her hours were extended, eventually becoming the full-time children’s librarian in 1990.
“During the school year, I do Story Time for 3-to-6-year-olds every Thursday morning,” she said. “About 10 years ago, I started a Story for 2-year-olds and their parents. Because I had to limit that one to eight kids, I often scheduled two programs.”
She said the 2-year-old Story Time became her favorite. Over the six-week program, young children grew from being very shy to interacting with each other and the reader.
About 15 years ago, Beth started a program in conjunction with the Gering schools. “Every January I’d go into the second grade classrooms and explain to the kids about the services offered at the library,” she said. “I’d give each of them a letter to take home to their parents along with an application for their first library card. One of my goals was to make sure every second grader had their own library card.”
In February, the second grade classes started making a monthly trip to the library where each student could check out two books with their new card. Library staff also presented a program during the visits.
“The last session the second graders come is in April and we give them their library cards to take home, which we’ve had on file since February,” Beth said. “In those 15 years, I’ve seen people come back from college to check out books with the library card they got as second graders.”
She added that over the summer, those soon-to-be third graders were the biggest number of participants in the library’s Summer Reading Program.
The Summer Reading Program is the library’s biggest event and for about five years, Beth served as a Nebraska representative in organizing the program.
Her years of dedicated work didn’t go unnoticed. In 1995, the Nebraska Library Association presented Beth with the Mad Hatter Award as the outstanding children’s librarian in the state.
“My decision to retire just happened,” she said. “I decided this would be my last year.”
Beth and her husband plan to do more traveling to see family and friends.
“I’m really going to miss the kids and the staff,” she said. “It’s been fun to see these people come in over the years and they became like friends.”
The library will be hosting a retirement reception for Beth on Friday, Aug. 30 from 3 – 5 p.m. The staff invites the community to help celebrate her long and outstanding tenure by stopping by the library for refreshments, socializing, and congratulations as they wish Beth best wishes on her new journey.