Friday, May 01, 2009
Longtime librarian announces retirement
Community Librarian Clara Mounce announced her retirement Friday after serving more than 30 years with the Bryan-College Station Library System.
Mounce was hired in 1978 as the Associate City of Bryan Librarian shortly after visiting the Bryan Library looking for job vacancies in the area. Three years later, in 1981, she was promoted to the head of the library. In 1987, the City of Bryan and College Station signed an interlocal contract for Bryan to administer a library in College Station. At that time, Mounce became the Community Librarian. She now oversees the three libraries in the Bryan+College Station Public Library System. She was active in the design and construction of the storefront library in 1987 as well as the new Larry J. Ringer Library, which opened in 1998.
Mounce lists the restoration of the 106-year old Carnegie Library in Downtown Bryan among her greatest accomplishments. She is also proud of helping to acquire a $100,000 grant from the Gates Foundation that paid for a lab at the Bryan Library and additional public access computers in all three of the libraries. She oversaw the restoration of the Bryan Public Library after an arsonist set fire to the building in 1995.
“She takes great pride in her role as a public servant, and she has been an asset to this community for many years,” said Deputy City Manager Joey Dunn.
Mounce will continue working at the library through the end of this calendar year.
“I have the most exciting job anyone can imagine,” Mounce said Friday. “Working with two city managers, two mayors, two city councils and keeping up with two budgets has been very satisfying. I have always been supported by both cities and I have appreciated the support I have received from the Library Advisory Board and the Friends of the Library. I look forward to getting involved with documenting the history of the library system to be housed in the Carnegie Center.”
Mounce and her husband Claude have been married since 1957, and live on a 30-acre farm where they tend to horses, dogs and cats. They have two daughters, Bethe and Jeane Mounce.
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