Mitzi Mueller retires from North Platte Public Library
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - For 38 years, Mitzi Mueller has helped the children of North Platte find the joy in reading at the public library. Her long career began when she was bringing her son into the library for story time. She was told the normal weekly children’s reader had taken another job and that this position was now open so she applied.
Mueller had a degree in Home Economics and had planned on becoming an elementary level teacher. However, when she heard about this opening, she decided to take a few extra courses in Child Development so she would be more qualified for this position. Not only this, but she also went back and partook in a Media Endorsement Program which qualified her to be a librarian. Although Mueller hadn’t planned on working in the library, she shortly realized that’s where she was meant to be. She claims that the number one thing she’ll miss about her job is getting to know the families.
“I find that the families that come in to the kids’ room are some of the nicest people that come into the library,” Mitzi exclaims.
Within the 38 years of Mueller working here she created a story time for children under the age of 3 years old called “wee read”. Originally, she was planning on retiring at 40 years but with the COVID-19 pandemic she felt this was the time to do so since story times aren’t happening at this time.
Unfortunately, due to budget restrictions, the library will not have another children’s librarian until October of 2021.
Although she may not be the children’s librarian anymore, surely, she will still be at the library often to visit. After working for our community for almost 40 years it’s safe to say Mitzi Mueller will be missed by many of the families who attend these story times. We want to thank you for all that you have done for these children.
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