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Osterhout Library's Three Wise Women named Elaine

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Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County-The Osterhout Free Library’s three wise women, also known by patrons as ‘The Three Elaine’s’, will sadly become two after the retirement of Reader Services Coordinator, Elaine Schall, this month after 40 years of service. The three Elaine’s; Elaine Stefanko, Elaine Rash and Elaine Schall total more than 100 years of combined service at the Osterhout Free Library.
Elaine Schall joined the Osterhout Library in 1973 after receiving her degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career as the Young Adult librarian and moved through the ranks to become the Reader Services Coordinator in 1999.
Elaine has always been a very hard and dedicated worker. She will be missed by patrons and staff members alike. There is one person who will miss her most: Information Services Coordinator, Elaine Stefanko. “In my 27 years of working at the Osterhout Library, I have never met a person as dedicated to the Library and its mission as Elaine Schall.”
Elaine always gave everything she had to her job and found the changes in technology both exciting and challenging. When her job became automated in 1999, she found that she had to work harder than ever. She states: “I bought my own computer and taught myself how to use it so that when we automated I could work the program well enough to teach all the other libraries' staffs. I remember every Sunday I would work on the program writing out instructions I could take to the other libraries and give to their staff members.”
The Osterhout Library will miss her enthusiasm, her guidance, but most of all her presence amongst the books and patrons. Elaine has touched many lives during her time at the Osterhout and cannot be thanked enough for her hard work and dedication.
In retirement Elaine looks forward to sleeping in until 8:00am, reading, and traveling. She hopes to volunteer her time at a local nonprofit after a few months of total relaxation.

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