Branching Out

Putting down tree roots

By Maggie Sullivan
Posted 11/14/19

I only see Marge Buchholz a few times a year. We do not work in the same building together, but we are part of the same library system. She is retiring from her position as the branch librarian at …

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Branching Out

Putting down tree roots

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I only see Marge Buchholz a few times a year. We do not work in the same building together, but we are part of the same library system. She is retiring from her position as the branch librarian at the Cody library after 43 years. You read that correctly — 43.

I don’t want to speak of her achievements (though there are many) or what an amazing librarian she has been. I want to speak instead to the dedication it took to show up to a job for 43 years. Personally, I am in awe of it. She woke up on sunny days, snowy days, happy days and sad days and went to work. She took out her set of keys and opened the library’s doors. She opened her heart to those who needed it and she opened her mind to everyone who asked a question. The passion for learning and the leadership she demonstrated every day are to be commended. She is a tree among bees.

The world is a global-hopping beehive. People buzz from one career to another in hopes of better, whether that be pay or city. Bees don’t make roots, they make hives. Trees, strong and beautiful, that have learned to sway under strong wind and bend under heavy snow, grow roots. They sink those roots deep and hold on. Marge is that tree. Although she is leaving the library, she is not leaving her roots. She will be missed every day.

Residents of Park County should feel a bit better knowing those roots are there, making the ground more solid for them.

 

(Maggie Sullivan is the public services manager at the Powell Branch Library.)

Branching Out

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