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Richards Librarian to retire, new candidates sought

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.

— Help Wanted: Library Director.

This coming winter, the patrons of Richards Library will be saying goodbye to the librarian who has greeted students, locals and visitors to the 36 Elm St. building since 1974.

Library Director Sarah Farrar began working part time in 1974 and became the full-time director in 1990. In December, Farrar plans to begin retirement.

“I feel like I’ve been here long enough and it’s time for someone else to come in,” Farrar said.

Richards Library Trustee Elaine Cowin said Farrar has been an institution for the library.

“She is the community go-to source for genealogy searches and she’s just been fantastic,”Cowin said. “Whoever gets the job will have some big shoes to fill as she makes everyone who comes to the library feel comfortable.”

Farrar is a wealth of knowledge, and people benefit just by talking to her.

“I’m sure she hasn’t read every book in the library, but she can read a book in one evening and she has brought that know-how she gets from reading into all of her conversations,” Cowin said. “When she references that book or this book, it inspires people to read it too.”

Farrar said she has no direct plans for how she’ll spend her retirement. Since it will start in the winter, she might just “sleep for a week.”

“She’s very involved in the community,” Cowin said. “She reads and she knits. I think she’s going to manage to keep herself very busy.”

Farrar said she couldn’t pick one thing that has been her most memorable experience while working at the library, but she said working with the community’s children has been something she enjoys.

“I’ve always loved reading to the children at story hour and getting to see the kids here,” Farrar said. “It’s fun. They come in. You can be their friend, but you don’t have to discipline them, just send them home to their parents.”

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