By: Marian Ponthieux
After more than thirteen years of dedicated service to DeSoto Parish Library, Brian McCarty has retired as Library Assistant in the Mansfield Main Branch. McCarty started working at the library in 2010 and made the best of his opportunity. Aside from him being the Library Assistant, he did the Interlibrary Loan
and Acquisitions in Mansfield.
He was very hardworking and always willing to lend a helping hand, especially to the patrons. “It has been a pleasure working for the DeSoto Parish library for the past 13 3⁄4 years,” Brian said. “ It really has been the best job I have ever had. In retirement, I plan to exercise more, travel, perform in more plays at Back Alley Theatre in Grand Cane, read more, and nap more! LOL!”
A retirement reception for Brian was held on Thursday, September 21. Family members, Library Staff, and Library Management honored him in retirement. Mr. Terry, the Library Director, and Mrs. Ross, the Branch
Manager in Mansfield Library, awarded Brian’s retirement certificate. His colleagues know Brian for his kindness, helpfulness, and humorous personality.
Mrs. Doris Ross, Branch Manager in Mansfield Library, said, “Brian is comical and sociable and a dedicated worker.” “When you work with Brian, I won’t miss the day without laughing with him. He is jolly, funny, and gets along with everybody,” said Curlie Gillyard, Library Assistant at Mansfield Library.
Though they will miss him, Brian’s colleagues at the library said they are excited
about his new retirement endeavor. “Clearly, you were only thinking of yourself when you made this decision!!! You will be missed! I will really miss you, but not as much as you’ll miss me. Coz’ I’m
pretty awesome,” said Darron Spencer, Children’s Librarian in Mansfield Library.
Triston Waldon, Library Assistant in Mansfield, said, “As brief as our time together was, Brian was always dependable. As his apprentice, I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher. He was fun to be around and made the days more joyous. He will be missed greatly!”
Brian McCarty has made an impact on the public library that will last for years to come, according to co-workers. Delbert Terry, Library Director at DeSoto Parish Library, said, “ Brian was a tremendous asset to the library. We will miss him not only as a staff member but as a friend. I will personally miss our many conversations about movies and running”.
“Brian is a dedicated worker and a friend,” said Frances Tyler, Library Assistant at Mansfield Library. “Anything you asked for help with, he was there with enthusiasm and a few jokes. He kept me laughing and was always ready to work. We’re missing him already.” Pam Burr said, “ Bon Voyage, my friend…”
It was a bittersweet goodbye from the library staff for Brian’s last day of work and everyone will surely miss him. The DeSoto Parish Library wishes Brian McCarty a happy retirement and success on his new journey in life.