Read On! Marie is leaving

I am sad to officially announce that after almost 17 years, Marie Reist is resigning her position at the Library. Her last day will be Sept 8th. She is leaving us to embark on a host of new and lovely adventures. We are sad not to have her here every day, but we are so happy for her and the life she is building.

In lieu of a good-bye reception, we are putting together a book of sorts that will contain notes from staff and everyone who knows and loves her. Please plan to contribute and let Marie know how much she will be missed and how she has touched your life! 

We will have a kiosk set up in the lobby of the Library with paper and pens. You’re also welcome to drop your notes off at any desk or mail them to us at 505 E. Graham Ave, 74361. Your deadline to get your note(s) to us is 5pm on Sept 4, 2020.

Marie has seen a lot of changes at the Library in her almost 17 years here. She has staffed almost every public service desk in the building, worked under four directors, and acted as interim director. Marie has shaped the library and it’s collection more than almost any other staff member. She is often recognized as the face of the Library and through our website and social media accounts, she is also the Library’s voice much of the time. 

I don’t have enough room here to expound on how amazing Marie is and how much I personally appreciate and value her. The Library is seeing an end to an era with Marie’s departure and it will take us time to acclimate to this change. We have decided to split Marie’s duties among us – she is the only person on the planet who can do everything she does as well as she does – so please be patient with us as we transition into our new roles and responsibilities.  Luckily, she will be able to hold our hands in her last month here and make sure we don’t mess up too much. 


  1. Jack and Mary Helen says

    Wow, Marie. I can’t imagine the library without you. You’ve been the go-to person for all kinds of information as long as I can remember.
    But it sounds like you’re off on an exciting new adventure. Fantastic! Put as much into it as you have into the library and it will be wonderful!

  2. Belinda pfeiffer says

    Maria, I am so sad you are leaving. Thanks so much for all the help you have given my husband and I. I would never have been introduced to the authors that I have grown to love if it hadn’t been for you. You are a wealth of knowledge that cannot be replaced. Wishing you the best on your next chapter of your life.

  3. Paul Stevens says

    Marie, you have been the face and personality of our library for so long that it’s hard to believe you’ll be gone. You always knew when the next Lee Child book would be published and every time I read a new Jack Reacher novel, I’ll think of you fondly! Good luck with your new adventures!

  4. Judy Stanart says

    Good luck Marie. I always enjoyed seeing you and hearing your opinion about books to read!!!