Waldron’s library director will close out a 20-year career at the end of the month, but first she will be honored at a retirement open house Sunday afternoon.
Carol Newcomer joined the Waldron District Library Board in 1991—an exciting time in the library’s history. She was part of the effort to secure a location for a new library on Main Street and helped plan the facility.
In December 1992, while the library was still located in the old bus garage on Center Street, Carol was hired to serve as director.
She was in charge during the era when computers found their place in libraries. Carol implemented the new technology and taught others how to use it. In 2005, she led a successful conversion from the card catalog to the fully computerized system.
The library developed in many ways during her tenure, including the number of patrons. During the year before the new library opened, records show there were 2,508 visitors and 5,832 items checked out. During the past year, attendance had risen to 10,622 and circulation reached 14,698.
Carol, a rural Morenci resident, will wrap up 20 years with the Waldron library on Dec. 31, however, patrons will likely still spot her from time to time. She plans to compile and catalog local history to improve resources for people interested in genealogy and learning about Waldron’s past.
One patron described Carol this way: an easy smile, a helpful attitude and a wealth of knowledge.
In her retirement, Carol intends to spend more time with her children, grandchildren, parents, and her husband, Mike Cox. She will also continue church activities where she teaches Sunday School and leads a mid-week Ladies’ Bible Study.
Beth Taylor from Lake Seneca was chosen to serve as the next director. She has been training with Carol for the last two months to learn as much as possible about the job.
Carol’s retirement open house is scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Waldron school cafeteria. In addition to refreshments, a performance by The Unforgettables is planned at 2:30. The a capella women’s trio specializes in songs from the 1930s to the 1960s.