Moore said the children’s department staff always looked forward to decorating and creating a bright and fun environment for children and their parents each month. Her favorite part about working at the library was creating lifelong readers and patrons of public libraries.
“All of the library assistants have brought different talents and ideas to the programs, and I have learned so much from each of them. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I get paid for having such a good time,” Moore said. “I have enjoyed all of the different programs that we have developed over the years. Everyday is exciting because we present so many varied programs to a wide range of ages. Our programs range from Baby Time to the Just 4 Fun Club for older children. I'll miss all the wonderful people I have worked with over the years and of course the parents and children. It will be strange not to read a children’s book or perform a puppet show, but hopefully I’ll be invited back once in a while to story time.”
The local library system, patrons and community members held a dedication ceremony last week in Moore’s honor to place a commemorative plaque outside the children’s theater, where she performed countless story times and puppet shows. Moore also received a gold-plated bookmark and glass award before children and their families shed tears and shared hugs.
“As the director, I never had to worry about the children’s department; no matter what was going on at the library or what budget cuts we were facing, I always knew the children’s department was going to run smoothly and excellently. Anne is one of the most dependable people I’ve ever met,” said Twin Lakes Library System Director Barry Reese during the ceremony. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for the past 18 years, but I’ve known her longer than that. I was a little kid, and my mom used to take me to the library at the old location and I remember sitting on the floor and watching Anne and the chance to actually work with her and to see all the work that goes into the things that she does is just amazing. I’m going to miss working with Anne a lot.”