Donna Brandt is retiring from the Reinbeck Public Library after almost 35 years of service. Brandt began working at the library in February 1977. She previously worked at Ernie's Super Valu, but due to two major surgeries that prevented her from continuing on at the grocery store, she had to find a different job. At the time Ellen Beach was the head Librarian, Donna applied for the open position as Library Assistant and was hired. Donna has seen many changes throughout the years at the library. When she began working all of the books were in the upstairs section of the library, adults were on one side and children on the other. The children's section was later moved to the basement and in 1992 the current addition was added to the library.
Donna says that the most funny thing that has happened while working at the library was when she first started and wrote the author's name, Agatha Christie on the check out card rather than the patron's name. The library staff never knew who checked out the book because the person returned it by using the drop box.
The card catalog and check out system is something else that has changed. Now all of the information is stored in computers. On switching from card catalogs to computers Brandt says, "I didn't think I'd be able to master it, but I did. It was a new experience. Now it's old hat."
Library Assistant Donna Brandt at the Reinbeck Public Library.
Photo by Jessica Larsen
Donna says that one of her favorite things about working at the library has been being in charge of the children's story hour. "I really enjoy that, it's a big plus to me. I enjoy the kids and the young mothers that bring them. I've made a lot of new friends." Donna says that she appreciates all of the volunteers that have given up their time to read to the children and to do crafts. On December 13 Mrs. Claus will be visiting the story time session at 10 a.m.
Donna's personal favorite authors are James Patterson and Kristin Hannah. "I love mysteries," says Brandt.
"It's been a pleasure to work with her. We'll miss her and we wish her the best," says head Librarian Janet Slessor.
Donna's last day of work will be on December 2. The public is welcome to visit the library on that day from 3 to 5 p.m. to visit with Donna and the library staff.
On working at the library Donna says, "I've enjoyed it, loved it in fact."