2008.06.11 Mary Gautz

Written by David Green.

I just wanted to publicly thank Liz Stella as she retires from Stair Public Library for her many years of service, leadership, creativity and vision. One of the best and finest things about living in Morenci is the library. We just love it and her. And we owe her our deepest, most sincere thanks for her personal role in developing it into the cultural, educational, creative, literary and social heart of Morenci.

When we moved here 12 years ago Stair Public Library was much different. A very small, dark, damp building with a fraction of the books, computers, staff, operating hours and services that we enjoy today. But one thing that was the same was Mrs. Stella. She was the light with her friendly welcomes, gentle kindness to all, and creative ideas and leadership.

After years of hard work, tremendous vision, common sense, dedication, grant writing, automating and updating, good luck and opportunity, our library is one of the best in the county. It has grown and it has blossomed. It is truly one of our community treasures.

She created this, but she gives it back to us, in large and small ways every day. She has made us feel that it truly belongs to all of us. We have all been invited and welcomed. Young or old, students and retirees, families or singles. We have seen and experienced Red Hats, barns and more barns, book discussions, authors, VolunTeens, artists, musicians, entertainers, educators, towers made of fruit, candy houses. We have laughed. We have read. The kids have made messes. We were fed.

Liz Stella has left us an amazing gift, legacy, and example of leadership and commitment. I could go on and on, but I don’t need to. Her game, her library, speaks for itself. Thank you so very much. You did a good thing here. We will miss you tremendously.

– Mary Gautz

Oak Street, Morenci

  • Front.cross
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