New chapter set for retiring librarian

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A POPULAR city librarian has been checked out for the last time after announcing her retirement.

Rosemary Grout, 70, had racked up 31 years service at Woburn Sands Library and was present in 1988 when the first computers were installed.

She said: ““I greeted them with some trepidation as I was a complete novice where they were concerned. 

“However, with some training it all seemed to go quite smoothly and now I don’t know how libraries managed without them.”

Rosemary also helped the library to celebrate two major birthdays at 25 and 50 years.

She then helped when it made the move from the Friends Meeting House in Hardwick Road to the Institute in the High Street.

Rosemary said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all the library staff over the years in Milton Keynes Library Service and I now look forward to seeing the service from the other side of the counter.”

Paul Sanders, Milton Keynes Council’s assistant director of community facilities, said: “As she acknowledges, times have certainly changed and she has seen things come and go.

“She is no doubt a very well known personality in the town and will surely be missed.”

Councillor David Hopkins, cabinet member for libraries, who is also the mayor of the town, said: “We’re very grateful for Rosemary’s tireless efforts over the years.

“She has been a much appreciated asset to the library, helping thousands of people who have come through the doors in more than 30 years.

“We wish her a very happy retirement and good luck in whatever she chooses to do next.”