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Reception set for 1 p.m. Sunday honoring retiring long-time library director

Reflections about library director Sarah Farrar

Richards Library Director Sarah Farrar reads recently from one of her favorite children's books. For nearly 40 years, As librarian of the Warrensburg Library, Farrar has entranced children with her stories, assisted adults in conducting research, and offered report-writing advice to students — and she is to retire at the end of December.

Richards Library Director Sarah Farrar reads recently from one of her favorite children's books. For nearly 40 years, As librarian of the Warrensburg Library, Farrar has entranced children with her stories, assisted adults in conducting research, and offered report-writing advice to students — and she is to retire at the end of December. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Sarah Farrar, Director of Richards Library, will retire at the end of December, ending a 39-year career at the library. She has been only the third director in the 112-year history of Richards Library, being preceded by Jennie Cameron and Mary Crandall.

All are welcome to attend the retirement party for Sarah Farrar, to be held Sunday Dec. 1 at the library. See elsewhere in this issue for details.

Sarah was the valedictorian of Warrensburg Central School Class of 1961. She was in the first graduating class of Adirondack Community College, earned her bachelors degree at Geneseo, and a masters degree in library science at Syracuse University in 1967.

During college, she worked summers at the Caldwell Library in Lake George and at Richards Library. She worked at the ACC library in 1967 while the college was moving from Hudson Falls to its current location in Queensbury. Then she worked for several years at the Lake George Elementary School Library.

Sarah is regarded as an expert on local history and genealogy. If you want to know who is related to whom in the Warrensburg region, you ask Sarah. Members of the Warrensburgh Historical Society, if asked a question they can’t answer about history (or any number of other subjects), generally advise people to first ask Sarah. In the unlikely event she can’t answer the question, then Google it.

Sarah is renowned for being able to deal with children, especially when school is out in the afternoon and many children come into the library for an hour or two to use the computers, do homework, or socialize with one another. Her Story Hour each week for many years has introduced hundreds of pre-schoolers to the enjoyment of books.

Those who know Sarah are waiting to see how she will spend her time and apply her talents during retirement.

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