Familiar face leaving OCC library
Dustie Flynn, one of the best-known faces at the Old Colorado City Branch Library, will retire May 2.
I've got mixed emotions about it, she said. I've communicated with a lot of people.
As for the job itself, I love it, the 17-year full-time branch assistant enthused. There's never been an hour when I've been bored.
She's especially appreciated the creative opportunities she's been given, including setting up the weekly computer classes she's been teaching, as well as organizing the summer reading program, fundraising events and the popular used-musical-instrument event she dreamed up two years ago.
The hardest part about leaving, Flynn said, will be saying good-bye to the staff she's worked with. High praise went to Branch Manager Julianne Rist, who led the nearly completed restoration of the library's Carnegie building. I don't know if we'd have gotten it done without her, Flynn said.
Another change she has seen over the years is expanded library services. When Flynn started, the facility was open 36 hours a week, requiring just two full- and one part-time employees. The latest time expansion (8 hours, which takes effect May 5) raises the current hours open to 60; meanwhile, the staff now numbers 14 (all but one of whom is part-time).
Her new free time will mean fewer conflicts in helping care for her 94-year-old mother, plus more time to play the piano and write music (mostly for church), Flynn said. Also getting more attention will be her seven grandchildren (three of whom live out of state).
People wanting to say good-bye to Flynn are invited to attend her going-away party at the library Friday, May 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.
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