Pekin Public Library announces the retirement of Reference Librarian Laurie Hartshorn. The library will host an Open House Reception for her on Friday, March 12 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the library's Community Room. The public is invited to stop by to visit with Laurie and enjoy complimentary refreshments.
Laurie joined the library on October 2, 1979. In her thirty plus years of service to the library, her main job duties included staffing the reference desk to help patrons find books and information, selecting books and audiobooks, planning programs for adults, putting up library displays, writing a monthly book review column for the Pekin Daily Times, and leading book discussions. Laurie also developed several projects, including Video Pekin, a NEH project to film and describe historic sites in Pekin.
She also started the first Young Adult Advisory Council, a group of teens who reviewed and helped select YA books. Two of her favorite grant projects were Writing Your Life, with girls and their mothers and grandmothers sharing life stories, and the Greatest Generation Remembers, with Pekin women sharing and recording their experiences on the homefront during WWII.