Local author Pam Collacott (L) congratulates Karen on her retirement. Councillor Scott Moffatt (L) and library patron Read Collacott are in the background. [Photo: Friends of the North Gower Library]
Despite a start time of 4 PM for the community thank-you drop-in event at the North Gower Library for retiring librarian Karen Craig, residents began lining up to extend best wishes to the popular North Gower resident at 1 PM.
People from Kars, North Gower, and as far as Burritts Rapids area dropped by to see Karen and wish her well on her new life.
Karen Craig operated the library in North Gower prior to amalgamation with the City of Ottawa, and after 2001 supervised the North Gower Branch for the Ottawa Public Library system. The OPL added supervising the Richmond Branch to her tasks a few years ago.
Among her many achievements in serving the community was her establishment of the North Gower Artist of the Month, which featured local artists, designers, and crafters. She also featured local authors whenever possible, organizing readings and book displays.
Rideau-Goulbourn councillor Scott Moffatt was among the many who attended the event, and remarked that he has known Karen since he was 10.
A “memory book” is still available at the service desk in the library for anyone wishing to leave a note for Karen.