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Larchmont Library's 'Ms. Bernadette' Retires

Bernadette McGuire, who has had a 30-year career at Larchmont Library, is retiring.
Bernadette McGuire, who has had a 30-year career at Larchmont Library, is retiring. Photo Credit: Contributed

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – The Larchmont Public Library announces the retirement of Bernadette McGuire, who for more than 30 years has worked in the children’s room at the library and has been known affectionately by children and parents alike as “Ms. Bernadette.”

In 1981, McGuire began working at the Larchmont Public Library on a part-time basis on Sundays, and in January 1984 she began working full time. Her 30-year career has been spent almost entirely in the children’s room.

Across her years at the library, she has seen many changes take place.

“Beyond the changes that have been made to our buildings over the years, the Internet has probably been the biggest change I’ve seen," said McGuire. "The Internet has impacted everything from how we look up items, how we check them in and out, as well as how we research. There has also been tremendous growth in the number of children who are using the library and who are participating in our programs.”

McGuire has worked with hundreds, perhaps thousands of children and their families over the years.

“One of the most rewarding things for me has been to watch kids who came to the library with their families grow up and then to see them as parents in the library with their children”, she said. “There’s a great deal of joy in helping a child or their parents find what they’re looking for.”

McGuire's last day in the library is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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