WAKARUSA, Ind. — How many people can say that they worked a job for 40 years? Marcia Parcell of Wakarusa can.
Parcell has been working for the Wakarusa Library for 40 years. She first started working as a part-time clerk, which basically is at the front desk checking items in and out.
"After I got married, I became a full-time employee for the library, so with a full-time status, I became the person who would process items to be shelf ready, and I also became the person who would be in charge of the Inter-Library Loan," said Parcell. After the library became computerized, Parcell became the person to back track the books.
"When I first started working at the library, items were checked out manually, meaning a patron would write their name on a card and a date would be stamped on a date due slip to let the patron know when to return the items. The library then became automated in the 1990s, and after computerization, I became in charge of sending out overdue notices."
Parcell said that she started working at the library because during her senior year in high school she had worked at NorthWood's Learning Resource Center in the library.
"I remember seeing the Wakarusa Public Library's former director, Glenwyn Anglemyer walking past my house, and after that I knew I wanted to work with books."
"After graduating from high school in 1977, Mrs. Anglemyer called and asked me if I would be interested in working part-time at the library because a position had opened up and needed to be filled," said Parcell.
Parcell said that the experience of working at the Wakarusa Library has changed over 40 years. The coming and going of library directors has been the biggest change; she is currently under the fifth director.
"I have had the privilege to work with and also help some great people. As a whole, the library has made me become a more out-going person. I'm not that shy little girl who could only muster a soft hello," said Parcell about the changes over the four decades she spent on the job.
According to Parcell, she has seen a lot of other changes, too.
"I have seen fellow employees come and go (some passed on), from the students that help in the library to the library directors, and to the patrons. The reason why I have stayed for 40 years is because the library is part of my family. I have always lived within walking distance to the library, and when I retire you will most likely find me taking the time to catch up on all the titles that I've seen that I would love to read."
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