Children’s librarian set to retire after 40 years of service


SHERIDAN — After four decades serving as the children’s librarian at Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, Michelle Havenga is ready to start a new chapter in life.

Havenga, 63, is set to retire Aug. 31, 40 years and one month to the day after being hired to work at the local library even before she’d completed her master’s degree in library science from the University of Arizona.

“I wanted to make it 40 years,” Havenga said. “For myself, I wanted to do that.”

Though, in 1981, that wasn’t always the case. Havenga said she was originally told, even advised, to work at one place for five years or so and then move on.

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