By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
Pearl River County Director of Libraries Linda Tufaro is retiring on June 30 and a reception was held in her honor Thursday at Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library.
Tufaro was presented with a check for $3,000 for the Children’s Library, which was renamed the “Linda A. Tufaro Children’s Collection,” in her honor. Tufaro began her adult library career as the children’s librarian.
“I have worked on and off here since I967,” said Tufaro. “I was a sophomore in high school when I began working as student page.”
Tufaro stepped in as interim director when Josephine Z. Megehee retired in 1997, before officially filling the position in 1998.
Megehee, who attended the reception said, “There are really no words to describe how I feel about Linda. We have supported each other and bonded so strongly throughout the years. We attended college to get our master’s degree together. I would have never made it without her and she would have never went if I hadn’t talked her into it.”
A slide show presentation of “This is Your Life” was given for Tufaro. Early childhood photos showed a young Tufaro surrounded by books — either reading them to herself or siblings.
Before her cake cutting, those attending the reception were asked to stand and say things about Tufaro. She was acknowledged for her love of children’s programs, creativity, and being a catalyst for the formation of the Pearl River County Historical Society.
Friends of the Library board member C. Randy Holland said of Tufaro, “We are always sorry to see good people stop doing good things they are doing, but in this case we are fortunate that she will continue on as a strong supporter and advocate for the Friends. As a student of management, I look forward to seeing the transition of Linda and Carol into their new roles. I know the library system and community will continue to benefit from our library program.”
Another Friends of the Library board member, Linda Hanberry, said, “Linda has been a keeper of knowledge as well as a keeper of genealogy and local history. We are asking her to stay on as an advisor for the historical and genealogy section. She will also be a liaison for our board.”
Dr. James Schrock said, “Linda has always been helpful and a peaceful facilitator of progress for our library system.”
Incoming Head Librarian and Pearl River County Director of Libraries Carol Phares told the group, “My goal is to continue with everyone on the same page and everyone rowing in the same direction. Library programs will be continued as Linda’s dreams continue because they are my own dreams, also.”