Reference Librarian Donna Burgess Retires
We are sad to report that our long time colleague, Donna Burgess, has retired as of this month. We, of course, are happy for Donna and her husband who we trust will be back in travel mode once we get to the other side of the current pandemic. They were lucky enough to have spent all of last January in Italy!
As our Director, Linda Collins, wrote: “I particularly appreciated her calm demeanor and ability to manage all patrons in a way that made them feel they were the highlight of her day. Her willingness to take on special tasks at a moment’s notice was impressive. Who else would offer to give a group of visiting nuns from Ireland, a full library tour beginning at 5:00 pm on a Saturday night.”
Donna began as a full time reference librarian, but then went to part-time. She wore many hats at the Falmouth Public Library, including overseeing the teen room at one point in her career here, which included, among other things, an amazing outside carnival! Donna also helped to run the library’s fiction book club for many, many years, and spearheaded many library programs. Donna’s good humor and ability to multi-task were both valued traits during her years at the library. We know she helped many of you with reference questions of all kinds. If you remember how she might have helped you, please let us know.
We wish her all the best, and hope to have a wonderful celebration of her time at FPL once we are able.
Head of Reference & Adult Services