MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Mamaroneck bids farewell this week to retiring librarian Marcia Hupp, who has worked at the Children’s Library for 24 years.
Hupp shelves her last book on Thursday.
Carol Pomeranz, vice president of the Library Board of Trustees, has seen the effect Hupp can have on children. Her own children, now grown, were among the generations of children who attended “Miss Marcia’s Story Hours”.
“I still have a box of mementos and things that they made during the story hours,” she said with a slight laugh.
Hupp sums up her time and involvement in the community in three words.
“I loved it.
“I love the community. I’ve watched so many children grow up and been privileged to see what they do with their lives," she said. "I’m so proud of all of my kids and I’m brokenhearted I won’t be able to see where all of them go.”
Huff recalled many of her activities and experiences working for the library. She has worked with the schools, watched the creation of a new library and worked with the late Joan Grott, former library director. Each, she explained, has made her time at Mamaroneck Children’s Library a pleasant one.
Susan Riley, library director, remembers how Hupp’s presence at the library was an incentive for her to take her job.
“I was asking people that I knew about the library and someone said to me, ‘You have to take that job because then you’ll have Marcia,’ and I’ve been stunned at what a fabulous librarian she has been,” she said.
Hupp will participate in her final event Thursday, called “Roots and Shoots.” Kids ages 8 and up can come out and pitch in to learn how to help the environment, especially trees damaged by Hurricane Sandy. “Roots and Shoots” is a global wide environmental initiative headed by Dr. Jane Goodall.
After Thursday, Hupp plans to move to Ohio to be closer to her family.
“My mother had a little house they’re that I am going to be taking over and making my own. From there, who knows,” she said with a chuckle.