Topic: Maureen Bull

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Retirement of long-serving library staff member Maureen Bull

At the end of July 2009 Masterton Library had to say goodbye to one of its longest serving and most valued employees, Mrs Maureen Bull. Heartlessly ignoring the pleas of her colleagues, Maureen has decided that it is time for her to retire. She will be a great loss to the library, it's staff and it's patrons, and while were not happy she's going, we grudgingly agree that after twenty two years she has earned herself a break.

Maureen has become something of an institution at the library, usually to be found manning the issue desk each morning. Here she has displayed her fantastic rapport with the public and her ability to relate to all members of society, regardless of age or background. Maureen has worn a number of hats here at the library including overseeing our talking book collection, establishing and running the library's book club and ensuring that all the supplies staff require to perform their jobs are kept up to date.

One of Maureen's major responsibilities has been the co-ordination of our House bound service. This service allows the library to ensure that those members of the public who are unable to visit the library in person, often elderly or disabled people, are still able to enjoy the pleasures of reading.  This is a role that requires both a high level of organisation and a sympathetic ear, two qualities that Maureen has in abundance.

Of course Maureen's capabilities are by no means restricted to the library. She has also written, compiled and published a number of books. These have included numerous books on vintage motorbikes and cars, and a history of the Masterton Library wall hanging. This year she published the third (and she is adamant, the final) volume in her account of New Zealand's motorcycle heritage.

Farewell Maureen and enjoy your well deserved retirement and the extra time you will now be able to spend with Glen and the rest of your family. It has been a privilege to work with you and we will miss your hard work, your knowledge, your empathy, common sense and humour. We hope that we will continue to see plenty of you on the other side of the desk, but don't linger too long or you might find yourself roped in to some project or another!


Maureen Bull

First Names:Maureen
Last Name:Bull