Sharon says goodbye after 35 years as Condo librarian

What started as a casual job while raising her children at home has turned into a lifelong vocation for local librarian Sharon Denyer.

• Sharon Denyer enjoyed an emotional final day of work at Lachlan Shire Library last Friday as she farewelled colleagues, library-goers and the books she knows so well. LP

By Lara Pearce

What started as a casual job while raising her children at home has turned into a lifelong vocation for local librarian Sharon Denyer.

Mrs Denyer finished up as Head Librarian of Lachlan Shire Library last Friday after 35 years in the job.

She celebrated her final day surrounded by flowers, cards and chocolates with the welcome interruptions of visitors dropping in to share their good wishes for the future.

The Condobolin local of 41 years says the past three and a half decades have brought many changes to the library, but the time has passed quickly.

“I’ve seen people come in with their little babies, and the next thing you know, [the children] are bringing their own children in!”

When Sharon started working at the library, she never dreamed of how far it would take her. In 1979, she started out helping at the library for ten hours a week.

“I grew up in Forbes and Wayne, my husband, is in the Ambulance, so we came here for his job,” Sharon explained. “It wasn’t until my youngest child went to school that I decided a part time job sounded pretty good.”

In those days all the book loans and returns were entered manually on cards in the backs of the books.

“Margaret Job was the Librarian then,” Sharon reminisces. “We typed everything into typewriters, so you got to know the books quite well.”

Over the following years, Sharon saw the library renovated to double its original size and the collection of books expanded. The books – which are rotated between Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Burcher libraries – now number around 32,000.

In 1990, Sharon took over from Margaret as Librarian. “Then, we started using computers in 1995,” she said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. All the girls I have worked with over the years have been fantastic and it is a great work environment,” she said. “You meet some lovely people.”

With friends and library-goers rallying around to bid her farewell and bring gifts, it seems that the sentiment is returned.

Sharon will be enjoying six months of accumulated long service leave before officially retiring on 17 July. She and her husband Wayne plan to enjoy their retirement in Forbes close to family and friends.

The Lachlan Shire Council congratulated her on her long service at a party last Friday evening.

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