BY MELANIE WADE –
After three decades of stacking and stamping books, helping avid readers from toddler age to the elderly, and making sure the Polk County Library is filled with the best selection, Miss Shirley Philpot has officially retired and was greatly honored at a reception on Friday, June 30, 2017.
One of her coworkers stated that the most important part of Philpot’s job as a librarian were the children. Because of her kind heart and love for children, surrounded by her sons, grandchildren, coworkers, and dozens of friends and library members, Philpot was honored and emotional when the door to the children’s room of the library was unveiled with a new nameplate – Shirley Philpot Children’s Library.
Also on hand to honor Philpot and her years of service was County Judge Brandon Ellison, who presented her with a special gift – coworkers and friends gathered and contributed to a nice bowl of crisp currency to help her enjoy her retirement.
Beginning her library career in 1984, Philpot served as the assistant librarian until 1996 when she was named the county librarian. Since moving into her current position, she has been responsible for record keeping, ordering books and supplies, and most of all, interacting with the readers of Polk County. “I’ve really enjoyed the people I have visited with over the years. The customer service side of things has been fun for me and I have greatly enjoyed all the interaction. Not to mention I love books so being around them constantly has been a lot of fun,” said Philpot.