Bid farewell to Justus
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.