Tonawanda News — In addition to being director, Waite also writes grants, a time consuming effort, for projects from the parking lot to the refurbishing. She has another grant already written that she hopes will be approved for a new sign in front of the library.
Waite said although she is looking forward to the freedom of doing what she wants to do, she is not looking forward to not being at the library.
"I love the staff, patrons, the building," Waite said.
"Maybe because I came up through the ranks and I know how hard the staff works and how much planning goes into what they do, that they mean so much to me," she added
Waite expects to find more time in retirement to be with her family. She has two daughters, Kelly and Julie and three grandchildren, Zachary, 11, Alexander, 18 and Elyssa, 17. In addition, Waite said she considers her long time friend, Greg, who died four years ago, and family, Rob and Tanya and grandchildren Kaitlyn, 6 and Brennan, 4, her family as well.
Perhaps her remarkable tenure as librarian could be summed up in one of the "Memory Hearts" written in her honor and posted in the library's vestibule.
One heart, in a child's printing, reads: "Roses are red, Violets blue. Retirement's hard and we'll miss you."
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