Jackie Drew, who has volunteered at the Menlo Park Library for almost 30 years, and lived in the city for 32 years, has retired from her duties at the library and moved to her childhood home in Billings, Montana, according to Menlo Park city staff. She planned to leave the day after Thanksgiving, they said.
In past years, she helped organize the Friends of the Library's annual auction of special and auction-quality books.
About 25 years ago, she also began the library's monthly book club for mystery readers, which remains today. "I've been a lifelong mystery reader," she said, pointing out that she shares her last name with fictional sleuth Nancy Drew, who she enjoyed reading stories about when she was younger.
She said she plans to seek out a new community of readers, pursue volunteering, and maybe even start up a new mystery readers book club at the Billings Public Library.
According to the library's volunteer coordinator Henry Lesser, "(Jackie's) departure is the end of an era for us. We'll move on to another, hopefully equally successful one. We're going to miss her a lot."