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Librarian announces September retirement

Longtime The Dalles librarian Sheila Dooley will retire Sept. 5 from the library district after 40 years of service, The Dalles City Manager Nolan Young announced recently.

During her tenure, Dooley took the library from a Wasco County-City Library to a Library District in 2007, with several milestones along the way.

Notable successes during Dooley’s tenure include construction of the library mezzanine, the formation of the Library District and the conversion to an automated circulation system.

“Dooley has helped the library evolve and remain relevant in an ever-changing technological age,” the announcement said. “Her leadership and progressive thinking not only sustained the library as a viable and valuable asset to the community, she has grown the service district into a vibrant, progressive system that creates a solid foundation for her successor.”

Dooley recalled her first day at the library when she read a plaque dedicated to her predecessor, which recognized 38 years of service, thinking who in their right mind would stay that long — yet somehow, she said, the last 40 years have flown by.

“The entire community has benefited from Sheila’s leadership over the past 40 years, we have been very fortunate,” Young said. “ Sheila leaves very big shoes to fill, and is wished the very best in her retirement.”

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