On Saturday, March 4, 2023, Information Services Librarian Ann Hetzler is retiring after more than 34 years at the Davenport Public Library.
Ann began working at the Davenport Public Library on July 18, 1988. She had previously worked as a reference librarian at the Moline Public Library.
She spent her first 19 years at DPL as the Extension Services Supervisor, managing the Family Reading Center at the Annie Wittenmyer branch library, the library bookmobile, and the Homebound delivery program. She became supervisor of the Fairmount library branch when it opened in January 2006.
Ann moved to her current librarian position on October 12, 2007. She is responsible for selecting many of the Library’s circulating nonfiction books, including our fabulous cookbook collection, all of our books about the arts & recreation, and the latest travel guides. Last year she organized our seed library, where library patrons can select 5 seed packets each month.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Ann has become a popular YouTube star! Her programs include Ann’s Garden and Winter Gardening video series, where she shows off her master gardener skills, and her Visible Mending and Embroidery workshop series, where she encourages us to practice our sewing skills.
Ann has been the most prolific blogger on The Library’s Info Cafe reference blog since its inception in 2008 and also edits the Coffee Break reference eNewsletter. She has guided us through online reading challenges and made us laugh with her yearly April Fools posts.
After all that work, Ann is overdue for some rest and relaxation! We hope you get to travel the world and befriend all the cats.
Enjoy your retirement, Ann!
(posted by Cristina)