Librarian turns page to retiremen

Maxine Curley started as a librarian with the Mesa County Library in 1975. And today is her last day. The Mesa County Central Library, 530 Grand Ave. is having a retirement party for Maxine today at 4:00p.m.

What Maxine Curley will remember most about her 34 years with Mesa County Libraries are the children.

Curley has been putting on puppet shows, reading stories and singing songs with children as a children’s librarian for more than three decades.

This is her last week with the county library system.

During Wednesday’s retirement party for Curley, former and current co-workers listed a few things they will remember most about her service.

“I spotted talent right off the bat,” joked Terry Pickens, former director of Mesa County Libraries.

Anytime a new supervisor asked about Curley through the years, Pickens had some words of advice: “I always said, ‘Get out of her way. She knows what she’s doing.’ ”

Curley began working for Mesa County Libraries in 1975 and never left the children’s library.

Supervisor Shana Wade said Curley has taken on other responsibilities through the years, but no one “would ever dare” ask Curley to leave her role as head of children’s services.

“I tell people Maxine is just a big kid herself,” Wade said.
In retirement, Curley plans to still visit the library, now that renovations to the children’s library are finished. She did vow that people will see less of her, though.

Her husband, Bob Curley, who retired a year ago, already has a vacation planned for them, Maxine said. She added she will enjoy the extra time to hike, camp and read.

Gail Yerbic is taking over as head of youth services.


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