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May 26, 2010

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Librarian Barnett to retire from DHS after 37 years

ORANGE —  

After serving her hometown and school district for the better part of five decades, Marla Barnett has decided to call it a career.
A special retirement ceremony was held for Barnett on Tuesday at Deweyville High School, where she has worked for 37 years as the librarian. More than 100 people, friends, co-workers and family, attended the party in her honor, which was held inside the library of course.
Barnett said her decision to retire was not an easy choice to make, but she felt the timing was right.
“After a lot of thought, I decided now was the time to retire,” Barnett said. “My sister, Pam (Barnett), and I have decided to move to Seguin, so we can be close to our sister, Nelwyn (Robinson) and her family. I had mixed emotions about retiring, but I’m excited now.”
Barnett graduated from Deweyville High School as the class valedictorian in 1969. She began her career as librarian at Deweyville High School in 1973 and has never considered working anywhere else.
“I came back to Deweyville to work as the librarian because it was home to me,” she explained. “And I always thought I would stay here. I’ve always loved the people of Deweyville, and the employees and students too. I never considered going anywhere else.”
Barnett said a lot has changed during her time as school librarian.
“Technology has been the biggest change,” Barnett stated. “It’s kind of amazing to think of the changes, really. It’s gone from mimeograph machines to a Xerox machine, from typewriters to electric typewriters to computers. We’ve gone from fans to air conditioning at the school, and from reel-to-reel movies to DVD’s.”
One of the biggest changes Barnett is most proud of is the past five years she has worked inside the new high school campus, especially the library.

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