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Carol Hutchings, children's librarian at Morris library, announces retirement

Morris library to hold open house for Hutchings after 37 years of service

Carol Hutchings
Carol Hutchings

MORRIS – After 37 years, Carol Hutchings, the children’s librarian at the Morris Area Public Library, will retire.

Hutchings said there are many things she will miss about her job, but she’s confident God has another plan for her right now.

“The preschool storytimes are what I will miss the most, plus the outreach to the local schools where I was able to read to kids,” she said. “The teachers really liked me and taught the children to respect me. They knew when I was coming to read to them that it was something special.”

She said she loves making children’s stories come to life for the kids.

“I don’t do voice changes, but I change the tone. I build up anticipation as I point out the pictures, and how I turn the page,” she said. “It gets them excited about reading. When they get excited, then I get excited.”

The library trustees sent out a news release Tuesday announcing the retirement, which is effective as of Feb. 11.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, we respectfully accept Carol’s retirement request and wish her the best. She has shared the joy of reading with the children of Morris and the surrounding communities for the past 37 years and has become a town fixture. We are grateful for her accomplishments and years of service,” Steven Larson, library board president, said in the news release.

In July, Hutchings was terminated by Director Lorene Kennard. At an August library board meeting, the public came out in support of Hutchings and she was reinstated. The reason for the termination was never given publicly. Kennard was not immediately available Tuesday afternoon for comment.

Hutchings said she is grateful for the support she has received.

“I’m very blessed by public support. Not a day goes by without someone saying they are glad I am here,” Hutchings said. “I came back forgiving, but the attitudes have never changed, and it’s not healthy to be here.”

She said she has no plans for her retirement and hopes that God’s plan for her will become clear.

“I’m excited to see what is out there for me,” she said.

There will be an open house reception to celebrate Hutchings’ retirement Jan. 24 at the library.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Carol Hutchings retirement open house

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 24

WHERE: Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris

MORRIS – After 37 years, Carol Hutchings, the children’s librarian at the Morris Area Public Library, will retire.

Hutchings said there are many things she will miss about her job, but she’s confident God has another plan for her right now.

“The preschool storytimes are what I will miss the most, plus the outreach to the local schools where I was able to read to kids,” she said. “The teachers really liked me and taught the children to respect me. They knew when I was coming to read to them that it was something special.”

She said she loves making children’s stories come to life for the kids.

“I don’t do voice changes, but I change the tone. I build up anticipation as I point out the pictures, and how I turn the page,” she said. “It gets them excited about reading. When they get excited, then I get excited.”

The library trustees sent out a news release Tuesday announcing the retirement, which is effective as of Feb. 11.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, we respectfully accept Carol’s retirement request and wish her the best. She has shared the joy of reading with the children of Morris and the surrounding communities for the past 37 years and has become a town fixture. We are grateful for her accomplishments and years of service,” Steven Larson, library board president, said in the news release.

In July, Hutchings was terminated by Director Lorene Kennard. At an August library board meeting, the public came out in support of Hutchings and she was reinstated. The reason for the termination was never given publicly. Kennard was not immediately available Tuesday afternoon for comment.

Hutchings said she is grateful for the support she has received.

“I’m very blessed by public support. Not a day goes by without someone saying they are glad I am here,” Hutchings said. “I came back forgiving, but the attitudes have never changed, and it’s not healthy to be here.”

She said she has no plans for her retirement and hopes that God’s plan for her will become clear.

“I’m excited to see what is out there for me,” she said.

There will be an open house reception to celebrate Hutchings’ retirement Jan. 24 at the library.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Carol Hutchings retirement open house

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 24

WHERE: Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris

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