TROY — The Troy-Miami County Public Library is saying goodbye to one of its longest-tenured employees after 28 years of service.
Kathy Ludwig of Troy began working as a page for the library in May 1991, and has maintained a regular part-time schedule ever since. In recent years, Ludwig has worked shifts at the library every Monday and Tuesday morning.
“My mom and dad have been a big influence,” Ludwig said. “I remember the very first paycheck I ever got here. We lived out on Swailes Road in a farmhouse. My dad was in at his workstation in the barn. I walked in, and said, ‘I’ve got something in my hand.’ My dad said, ‘Let me see that money!’ It felt good.”
In addition to her duties, which include book processing, shelf stocking, and vacuuming, Ludwig has also regularly taken advantage of the many books and movies available over the years.
“I’ve checked out lots of books and movies,” Ludwig said. “I like mysteries, and I also like horse books.”
Ludwig worked her last shift at the library on Tuesday, and many staff members expressed gratitude for getting to work alongside her.
“I’ve worked here 17 years with Kathy, and I’ve been her supervisor for about 13 of those years,” said Circulation Specialist Joan Sutherland. “She’s a joy to work with. She’ll come in and give me a hug, and it always cheers me up in the morning. She’s pretty much a favorite with everyone around.”
“I’ve been working with Kathy for 15 years,” said Circulation Associate Tammy Grilliot. “She’s a lot of fun, and has a good sense of humor. It’s going to be strange not seeing her here on Mondays and Tuesdays, because she’s such a fixture here. I do hope that she thinks going forward that maybe there might be some good things coming, and that everything will be enjoyable.”
“I think Kathy has a lot to look forward to,” said Fiscal Officer Julie Campbell. “It’s a lot of change, but she’ll do very well. She’s easy to work with, and we always look forward to the days she comes in. She does a really good job, and she’s very proud of what she does.”
“Kathy has been such a unique part of the library,” said Library Director Rachelle Miller. “We all enjoy seeing her come in, and she hardly ever missed a day. When she did, we all immediately wondered what was going on because we could always count on her. She’s seen a lot of changes at the library and she’s adapted to all of them. I think the relationships she’s made, especially with Joan, were really special. I’m sad to see her go. It’s a big loss for the library, especially for the staff, because we love her so much.”
The library celebrated Kathy’s career with a special breakfast on Monday morning, which was open to all current and former staff.
“A lot of the old retirees came in to see her,” Sutherland said. “She’s been working here longer than almost anybody, so she’s gone through a lot of people. Most of them came back to see her, so that shows how big an impact she’s made.”
Ludwig states that what she’ll miss the most is all of the wonderful people she interacts with each day.
“I have a little friend named Dayauhna, who’s going to be 4 in July,” Ludwig said. “She’s so sweet and beautiful. We have fun together, and I’ll be very sad to leave because of people like her in my life. I know my mom and dad are really proud of me, and I know the rest of my family is, too.”
Ludwig will be moving to the Cincinnati area to be closer to her sisters, Debbie and Sandy.