Bid farewell to Jus­tus

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY GRACE EVANS [email protected] ne­me­

A EUROA icon amongst the li­brary com­mu­nity and any­one in­volved in Wed­nes­day’s story time, Jus­tus Ha­gan has bid farewell to 30 years in his role.

Liv­ing in Ruffy, the li­brar­ian didn’t have plans to stay in the com­mu­nity long when he first ar­rived, but he says now he couldn’t imag­ine leav­ing it.

The man of the peo­ple has spent the last 30 years pro­vid­ing ad­vice and tips on a good novel, re­ar­rang­ing books, hear­ing won­der­ful sto­ries and con­duct­ing his pop­u­lar “story time” on a Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“I love the area and the peo­ple and it’s just been a re­ally great cou­ple of years,” Mr Ha­gan said.

“I have a real in­ter­est in lit­era- ture, books and tech­nol­ogy and I guess that’s what has kept me coming back.”

Known for his bright shirts, that re­flect his per­sona, Mr Ha­gan said story time has been a par­tic­u­lar favourite of his and get­ting to watch the kids grow up.

“Over the 30 years I’ve seen moth­ers that I once read to now bring in their own kids and it’s just great,” Mr Ha­gan said.

“It’s good to see when they get a lit­tle bit older and start re- spond­ing and tak­ing an in­ter­est in things.”

Jok­ing that the hard part about the role is “re­mem­ber­ing all the kids names”, Mr Ha­gan said he will re­ally trea­sure his time and the li­brary and all the won­der­ful peo­ple he’s been able to meet.

“I hear amaz­ing sto­ries ev­ery­day I’m here, so I think I’ll miss hear­ing those from ev­ery­one,” he said.

“The im­por­tance of team­work has been re­ally prom­i­nent here , I have worked with a re­ally great team.

“I’ve never had a mon­dayi­tis sort of day there’s al­ways been some­thing new to do and some­thing I en­joy.”

The Euroa “friends of the li- brary” also cel­e­brated their 25 years, whilst cel­e­brat­ing Mr Ha­gan’s con­tri­bu­tions to the group and the li­brary.

Al­though it’s a good­bye to the role as li­brar­ian Mr Ha­gan has no doubts he will be back around the li­brary on the odd oc­ca­sion and wel­comes all the friendly hel­los on the foot­path, say­ing “there’s no way he can imag­ine him­self in a big town.”

“I’ve al­ways said you could work in a tin shed but’s up to you to pro­vide a good ser­vice and en­joy your role.”

All are wel­come to an open af­ter­noon tea in his honour on his last full day at the li­brary which will be De­cem­ber 19 be­tween 2pm and 4pm.

SAY­ING GOOD­BYE: It was a bit­ter­sweet mo­ment for the Euroa Friends of the Li­brary as they cel­e­brated 25 years, but also bid farewell to a long serv­ing friend Jus­tus Ha­gan.

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