Deena Hoffman has retired from her position of Moravia library director, as of Jan. 1 after completing almost 15 years at the library. Before the library, she spent 10 years working in the office for the Lutheran Church in Centerville and filling in at other local churches where needed.
She also worked at Mainstreet. She will be 81 this year and has had a long productive life.
While talking about this tough winter so far, she said, with a laugh, "I didn't have any trouble getting down the hill to go to work, it was climbing that slick driveway coming home, sometimes you took your life in your hands, getting to work." She said, "Come Monday, I will be dancing a jig because I don't have to get out in this weather to go to work!"
At the library, she went through the changes in learning the system to operate the computer and all of the changes that came with it, as well as the different way of checking out books and all the reports and phone calls, while the state is gradually bringing by area, all the libraries of Iowa together into one system. A new feature is the e-books that can be read on your computer.
The assistant librarian is Ann Repp, of Moravia, who lives on a paved street and will be staying on as library director. Ann worked full-time at the Ottumwa Library for many years. Moravia is very lucky to have her as the assistant librarian after she retired from the Ottumwa Library.
We are fortunate that one of Ann's specialities is genealogy. So many folks want to trace down distant relatives to get all the family history worked out. Ann has worked with libraries in this area to help find Uncle Harry who worked at one of the mining camps, and is delighted when they find him.