Tonawanda News


July 24, 2013

NT librarian turning a page


Tonawanda News — She also recalled sitting next to North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt at a meeting. She asked if he'd ever come to one of her story hours when he was a child.

"He did," she laughed, "and I remember him and the friend who came with him."

Although many programs are dear to Waite's heart, it is obvious that she has a special love for the children's library.

"The programing, story hours and reading clubs are about getting children to read. The Friends of the Library, my friends, underwrite the children's events. They are incredible," Waite said.

Alice Lafferty, a library clerk, lauded Waite for all she's done for the staff.

"When we have meetings, Peggy will give us little gifts as a thanks for our work. She's an exceptionally caring person," Lafferty said.

Lafferty recalled the many times Waite would have a full spread of pastries on the table in the staff's kitchen area with a note on it, "To a Great Staff."

"We are all so happy here with her," Lafferty said.

Deb Marshall, principal library clerk, has been with the library for 20 years in different capacities.

"We're like a family — we all love each other," Marshall said. "We care about each other and take ownership. Peggy is always 'on' and she makes us want to be here."

"I'm leaving the library in good shape," Waite said. "I've always been out with the people and even now, once a month, the former librarians get together for breakfast, something I'll continue," she added.

It wasn't always easy, at the library, however.

"When Dan (Killian) brought in computers, we came along kicking and screaming," she laughed. "When the card catalog was taken away and the computer system put in, there were many complaints. We were so familiar with the old Dewey Decimal system on cards, it was hard."

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