Since 1991, librarian Charlotte Glover has been reading stories, playing games and helping young patrons at the Ketchikan Public Library. After more than 22 years, Glover resigned from her position and is exploring new possibilities.
“I’m just at a time in my life where I need more flexibility than I have currently, I have a son that I’m trying to raise. I really wanted something new, some new challenges. I’ve been doing this for a long time, almost 23 years, and this summer just seemed like the right time. I’m going to be heading over to Parnassus Books and learning the book selling business. I’m doing some freelance writing. I’ve been working with Frommer’s Alaska for almost a decade, first as a researcher and then as a writer, and so I’ll be writing for Capital City Weekly to start.”
Glover recalls some of her favorite memories.
“My first best memories are my team – Kathy Stanton and Elaine Creekmore – we worked together for six or seven years, and we complemented each other in our strengths and weaknesses. We had such a good time creating an image of a children’s library that was warm and welcoming and had lots of art. And I remember doing the Halloween party every year and the work that would be involved in creating a wonderful booth. We did some crazy stuff, and it was all to enchant and entertain the kids of Ketchikan.”
She says she also has enjoyed all of the author visits, and the friends she has met along the way.
One of the librarians Glover mentioned, Kathy Stanton, happened to be in town for a family reunion and attended story time. Stanton now lives in Washington State and says she was pleased to be able to attend Glover’s final story hour.
“I was working in the children’s library under Judith Anglin when she was promoted and Charlotte was hired, and she came on board, and I was there for her very first story hour. I had the opportunity to be in town and found out that she was giving her last (story hour) this morning and I made it a point to be here. I wanted to see her in and see her out, and I’ve just enjoyed working with her so much over the years.”
Stanton remarked attending Glover’s first and last story times was like completing bookends.
On Friday (August 9th), Glover hosted her final Story Time. More than 25 children, and a near equal number of parents and friends attended. Many restless youngsters shuffled between the story and game areas, while others were mesmerized as Glover shared some of her favorite stories.
Following Story Time, everyone was invited to a cake and lemonade reception in Glover’s honor. Several young readers gave her hand-made cards, and all were invited to sign an apron that was being given to Glover.
Glover’s last day at the Ketchikan Public Library is Tuesday, August 13th. She says she’s looking forward to spending more time with her family and learning the ins and outs of running an independent book store. She also plans to continue the program Booktalk, heard every Thursday evening on KRBD.