Years ago, visiting the library was a rare treat for Linda DeNell.

   As a kid, she loved reading; however, she lived in the country, so trips to the library were infrequent.

   That no longer was the case when she learned how to drive and could travel to the “big” library in Fond du Lac whenever she wanted.

   Now, years later, DeNell spends most of her days at the Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake. But, after working there for the past 15 years — 13 as the director — she has decided to close the book on this part of her life.

   The next volume? Retirement.

   “It’s been a good ride,” DeNell said, noting it was time for her to step down. She officially retires Friday and will celebrate with a retirement party, hosted by the Friends of the Library, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library.

   She added she and her husband both look forward to her retirement.

   “My husband’s been retired for eight years ... He’s been putting [hints] like, ‘Can we do — no, you’re working,’” DeNell said, chuckling.

   Read the full story, including the changes she's witnessed in libraries over the years, in the June 27, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.