This week we say farewell to a dear colleague and friend, Sara Rinne. Actually, she’s not going far: just two blocks over to Main Street to open up the new shop, Maggie’s Books. Although we’ll miss her at the library she’ll be continuing in the literacy biz and doing her part to promote books and reading in the community.

When Sara joined the Montrose Regional Library she was already an experienced librarian, thanks to her work at the Denver Public Library. You may know Sara as a friendly face on the reference desk: in her 10 years here as a reference librarian she has answered thousands of patrons’ questions, helped people learn to use E-readers, computers and other technology, led library tours for CMU students, and given dozens of community presentations on behalf of the library.

You may also know her as one of our Bookmobile staff. Sara’s can-do attitude and Spanish-language abilities have been invaluable in taking the library out to children and seniors in both Montrose and Olathe.

Behind the scenes, Sara has selected and purchased many of the books, music CDs, audiobooks and other good stuff you find when you come to the library. Every year she’s been instrumental in the teen summer reading program — good-naturedly dressing up in costume, leading messy crafts, and chaperoning hide-and-seek in the dark with dozens of excited middle-schoolers.

It has been gratifying to see Sara grow and develop as a librarian and a leader, so much so that last fall she was promoted to head of Adult Services. Who knows what else she might have achieved had not another opportunity arisen?

Sara told us, “the decision to leave the library has been very difficult. You are a wonderful group of friends and colleagues, and your hard work and dedication to our community have never ceased to inspire me. I will always love the library and be grateful for my time here … Even though it feels like a goodbye, I plan to continue to enjoy the library with my children and get to experience our library from the ‘other side’ of the desk.”

I’m happy for Sara and excited for the opening of a local bookstore. I will certainly miss seeing her every day and working alongside her, but it’s comforting to know she remains among the books. Our community will continue to benefit from her literary expertise and customer service.

Look for Sara after the first of June at Maggie’s Books, 345 E. Main St.

Tania Hajjar is the assistant director of the Montrose Regional Library.

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