MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Joan Rose has watched children in our community grow from adorable infants to active toddlers to inspiring young adults. She has infused them with a love of reading, a desire to learn, and confidence in their creativity and imagination.  On Friday, Feb. 7, Rose will officially retire from Mahopac Public Library.

The public is welcome to stop in to wish her well on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., and again on Friday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Rose was a stay-at-home mother for many years. Before her children were born, she worked as a speech therapist in several New York City public schools—a high school and an elementary school.  Prior to that, she worked for Cosmopolitan magazine as an executive assistant to the editor-in-chief. While her previous jobs have provided different experiences, she says that working at Mahopac Public Library has definitely been her favorite and most rewarding position. 

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She has always loved children’s literature. 

“It has a magical quality and it’s always a treat to see children’s delight in hearing the stories and seeing the incredible illustrations,” she said.

  Of course, she first shared so many children’s books with her own children and then had the pleasure of sharing a multitude of old and new and funny, as well as thought-provoking books, with families in our community.

A Mahopac Library staff member for over 21 years, Rose moved along with the Library to the temporary space and then back to the building we are in today. Working part-time in the original library building, Rose grew the children’s programs from just a few per week into nine weekly programs. She initiated the annual Gingerbread House Making events and Summer Reading Club along with the ever-popular ice cream parties. She also pioneered the Animal Reading Friends (A.R.F.) program and expanded it further in the current building. It’s not hard to understand why reading to a well-trained therapy dog has been such an important and popular opportunity for so many people. 

The new building enabled her to provide even more programs and additional staff was hired to make that possible. The former and current Library directors supported her leadership and ability to develop new activities every year.  She has enjoyed providing quality, educational and fun workshops for children over the years including cooking, gardening, science, math, crafts, in-library campouts, filmmaking, and even spy classes.

Rose considers herself fortunate to see babies and young children grow up and become lifelong library lovers. Many parents credit her for cultivating their children’s love of reading and learning.  But Joan praises the wonderful parents who bring their children to the Mahopac Library and share the world through all the Library has to offer.

“What I will miss the most will be working with my creative, inspiring colleagues dedicated to providing the finest service and of course getting to know the nicest, loveliest families in Mahopac,” Rose said.  “It has always been an honor and privilege to serve this community and I treasure the time I’ve spent here.”

Article courtesy of Mahopac Public Library