TELFORD >> Marty Child’s button said it all: “Libraries work because we do!”

Child, a library assistant at the Indian Valley Public Library, and other library employees were recognized Monday, April 11, for that work.

“Today is National Library Workers Day,” library board member Alexander Grande said. “On behalf of the board of trustees, we want to thank you for all that you do.”

Surveys for the library’s new strategic plan showed the workers were one of the most important parts of the library, he said.

Grande also presented proclamations from U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, and the library board.

“We appreciate everything that you do,” Grande told the employees.

National Library Workers Day, begun in 2003, is held each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week, according to American Library Association — Allied Professional Association information.

“Thank you, obviously,” board treasurer Darren Johnson told the library workers.

The workers do a lot of things behind the scenes that many people don’t realize, he said.

Johnson said his children started using the library when they were little.

Now it’s grandchildren who are coming to the library, Grande said.

Child said she’s worked at the Indian Valley Public Library for about 18 years.

“Most of our employees are here for a long time,” Grande said.

“I love libraries. I’m not here for the money,” Child said, bringing knowing chuckles of agreement from other library employees.

Johnson said his daughter, who is a senior in high school, works at the library.

“She loves it because I drug her over here from the beginning,” Johnson said.

The Indian Valley Public Library celebration of National Library Workers Day also included cake and Peeps marshmallow candies for the workers.

Board President Victor Verbeke planned to come to the library later in the day to personally thank all the workers, Grande said during the April 11 morning presentation.

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