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Letter: He commends county librarian upon her retirement

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TO THE EDITOR: As president of the Plum City Public Library Board, I acknowledge our Pierce County Librarian, Joanne Baier, for the outstanding job she has done for our county and especially for Plum City.

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In 1980, a group of concerned citizens came together with the idea of starting a public library in the Village of Plum City. After collecting signatures to show there was interest in town for a library, this group collected donated books and materials to help build their library. They hired their first librarian, Grace Gfall.

And through all of this, they were able to look to Joanne for leadership and guidance in their building drive. Without Joanne, Plum City's wish for a library would have been a much harder goal to attain.

Just as she has always been there for Plum City, guiding them and supporting them, also has she been a great lesson for us with the Pierce County Board and the Indianhead Federated Library System. Not only has she been a great help to us in Plum City, but also five other libraries in Pierce County, in addition to the wonderful program, Books-By-Mail. Her foresight, concern and dedication have been a wonderful gift to the citizens of Pierce County, now and for generations to come.

This past summer, I met a woman who was wearing a shirt that read, "Don't Make Me Use My Librarian's Voice." When I think of that shirt, I think of Joanne, as she approaches her final days as the one and only County Librarian, as she truly has been the "voice" for all six of our wonderful public libraries in Pierce County.

I commend you, Joanne, for your many years of dedication to your job and to the citizens of Pierce County. You will be missed.

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