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The County-City Library recently celebrated two employees who are moving on after a combined 53 years of hard work.
On Thursday morning, Jan. 13, Liz Sands and Barbara Keeney were recognized for their service and were sent off into retirement in style with a party in their honor. Guests enjoyed coffee, cookies and other goodies, with numerous leaders from the community on hand to join the celebration. Even a group from the Abilene library attended, where both Sands and Keeney were formerly employed. Gifts, cards and other well wishes to the recipients were on display in the Community Room.
Barbara Keeney has been on staff with the library for the past 32 years. She served as the assistant librarian and cataloger, and did "whatever needed to be done." When asked what she would miss most about the library, Keeney said it would be the people who came in, her co-workers and even the research.
Although she may be stepping down from her position at the library, she doesn't plan on slowing down. Keeney will still be around as a volunteer with "Friends of the Library". In her spare time, she will volunteer at her church and spend more time with her granddaughter.
Liz Sands' service to the library has spanned over 21 years. Her duties included serving as chairman of the library board during that time. As she steps down from her position, Sands noted that she would miss the people the most.
With more time on her hands, Sands intends to take up a great task. She plans on writing a book, chronicling the story of her family's history.
"It's been a wonderful 32 years," said Keeney, "and I've been blessed to work here." Sands echoes a similar sentiment, saying, "I loved every minute of it. I'm very proud of the library."