Librarian leaves lasting legacy

Regular Milaca Community Library patron Kim Hultman stopped by last Friday, April 6 to say so-long and leave a parting gift on Librarian Sharon Strack’s last day at the local branch.

Mille Lacs County Times

Milaca Community Library is losing a familiar face and a strong advocate with librarian Sharon Strack leaving for a position as circulation supervisor for ERCL’s St. Cloud location.

A send-off and gathering of library patrons and staff was hosted at the Milaca Library last Friday, April 6 — Strack’s last day at the local branch.

“Sharon was instrumental, along with the Friends of the Library, in building our new library back in 2007, navigating through a few new operating systems, and building upon the very successful summer reading program here in Milaca,” said branch aide Misty Anderson.

For the past 10 years, Strack has served the Milaca community, not only as librarian, but as a supporter of reading programs beyond the library doors.

“When I interviewed for this job, they said they’re looking to build a new library,” Strack recalled. “But at that point it wasn’t real certain. I ran into the City Manager (Greg Lerud) this morning, and I said, ‘Take care of that library — that’s my baby.’ I might be leaving my heart here.”

Kim Hultman, whose three young children are  regular Milaca Library patrons, appreciated the passion Strack imparted.

“We come here every week. We love the library,” Hultman said. “We’ll miss her. We’ll have to stop in at St. Cloud to visit her when we’re there.”

When asked if Strack believed she was leaving the Milaca Library in good hands, she said, “Absolutely.”

“I’ve completed everything I set out to do,” Strack said. “It’s a bittersweet day.”

She did have one parting request for those visiting the Milaca Community Library:

“Be nice to the new librarian.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, April 12 print edition of the Times.