Six, long-time, KPL employees will be retiring over the summer; August 31 is the last day for most of them. This is more staff than typically retire in a year, in fact, it is about three year’s worth rolled into one summer.
Prior to 1990, KPL was a school district public library governed by the KPS School Board. Our employees were in the public school employee retirement system. When we became an independent district library in 1990, those employees remained in that system, while new employees joined a different one.
The state is offering a combination of incentives to those in the public school employee retirement system to retire by August 31. We have 18 eligible employees; six accepted the offer to retire this summer.
KPL has been a much better place for the combined decades of service from these six staff members. They answered reference questions, checked out materials, conducted programs, oversaw our personnel activities, coordinated meeting room usage, represented KPL in the community, helped chart the direction of the library.
We will miss them all, as colleagues and work-place friends, but we know they will continue to offer input - now it will be from the perspective of library patron rather than library staff member!
My heartfelt thanks goes to each one for their dedication to KPL and our patrons. My best wishes as they move on to the next chapter in life, hopefully with more time to read all those books that have passed through their hands over the years.