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Pierce County librarian retires; job ends, but some services go on

Joanne Baier

ELMWOOD--When Joanne Baier retires at the end of the year, her job will also be retired.

It's time, said Baier, to end her career as Pierce County's first and only county librarian, and for the job itself to end.

Library Clerk Dawn Wood, who has been with the program since 1984, will continue the Books-By-Mail service.

"I accomplished all the goals that we set out (to accomplish)," said Baier during an interview at the Pierce County Library Service's office in Elmwood on the eastern edge of the county.

Baier graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in library science in 1969, and worked at libraries in Indiana and Illinois before moving to Elmwood with her husband, a native of Pierce County.

"The goal of the (county) library and my position was never to be here forever," said Baier. The intent was to enhance public libraries in communities throughout the county.

When she became county librarian nearly 35 years ago, two Pierce villages didn't even have libraries, the existing libraries had limited equipment and funding was iffy.