Local librarian begins new chapter of life

MOOERS - After 12 years, Mooers Free Library director Edie Morelock heads into retirement.

Morelock, a native of New Jersey, moved to Mooers Forks 31 years ago to enjoy the country life, where she was a substitute special education teacher with the Northeastern Clinton Central School District and St. Mary's Academy.

Twelve years ago, after the former director of the library passed away, Morelock was approached about taking over as director.

"I love to read, and I was able to see the kids again," explained Morelock. "I really missed the kids."

Throughout her career at the library, Morelock has seen many changes.

"I've seen technology grow to an important level within the library system," she said. "When I came here, we did not have public access computers and since I've been here we've gone through two sets of public access computers."

Morelock added the library is the only place in town with wireless Internet access, which brings in many patrons - one of her most favorite aspects of being the director of the library.

"There's a lot of really great people that come into the library, especially in the summer," she said, "coming through and stopping on their way somewhere else, to check e-mail."

"I like people, and I like to meet new people, and working with the kids has really been a treat for me," added Morelock.

As of June 1, Morelock has passed on the torch as director to Jackie Madison, a Beekmantown resident with a master's degree in library science from Emporia State in Kansas.

"[I'd] like to get more young people involved and design more peer-to-peer programs," said Madison, who has been working closely with Morelock in the transition.

Although Morelock has plans to spend retirement assisting her husband in his mechanic shop, she knows she'll still feel like part of the library.

"I'll be using the library and volunteering my time here," she said. "[I] told Jackie I'd do some gardening out front. I think that will be a good thing."

The Mooers Free Library will be holding an open house this Saturday, June 12, at 1 p.m., which will double as a retirement party for Morelock.

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