The Monroe City Public Library held a Retirement Celebration Open House for long time employee and librarian, Carroll Hood, on June 9 from 1-3 p.m.
Several Community members and family of Hood gathered in the library to congratulate Hood for her years of dedication. Rusty Rothweiler, Library Board President stated, “Carroll did a wonderful job in the years she worked at the library, we want her to retire with the dignity and respect she deserves.”
Monroe County Eastern Commissioner, Mike Whelan, presented Hood with a framed proclamation at the beginning of the celebration, honoring her commitment to her home town and the dedication she had given to the community for more than half a century as the community’s librarian.
As guests arrived, they greeted Hood at the door and mingled among those in attendance. Refreshments of cake and punch were served and enjoyed by many. The cake had a picture of a wooden lawn chair decorated in icing by Chris Alcorn, and was made of chocolate and vanilla, giving guests a choice. Hood explained, “When I first started working here, my sister was working here. She taught me how to work at the library.”
At 2 p.m., Mayor John Long presented Hood with a plaque from the City of Monroe City to show appreciation and recognition for her years of hard work. Long gave a testimony of being a small child in 1974 and taking part in the summer library reading program. Long stated, “Mrs. Hood presented myself and two other children with book bags filled with school supplies. These were given to the top three readers in the program.” Long shared remembering Hood as a loving and kind face, always willing to help in the library. The City of Monroe City also presented Hood with two wooden lawn chairs with outdoor decorative pillows. Several others brought cards to give in honor of her retirement. After the presentation of the plaque, everyone in attendance applauded Hood for her life long career here in Monroe City.
As guests mingled among each other, one visitor, Bette Hays, reminisced with Hood, sharing memories of her kindness. Hays stated, “Carroll let me borrow her formal so I could attend Prom.” Hood then reminded Hays she had also borrowed a formal from her as well. As they chatted about memories, Hays shared, “I just wanted to let you (Carroll) know I never forgot that. I always thought that it was so kind of you.”