Hasso Retires After 21 Years At The Oskaloosa Public Library

Bryan Johnson with Friends of the Oskaloosa Public Library presents Susan Hasso (right) with a lifetime card.

Bryan Johnson with Friends of the Oskaloosa Public Library presents Susan Hasso (right) with a lifetime card.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Family, friends, co-workers, and community members gathered at the Oskaloosa Public Library on Tuesday afternoon in the 2nd-floor reading room to wish Susan Hasso a happy retirement.

Hasso has been the Oskaloosa Public Library’s Administrative Assistant since shortly after starting at the library.

During her party, Hasso talked about how she would come to the library when she was little. She lived just a few blocks from the library and walked there with her siblings, passing in front of the Lacey Hotel before arriving.

The children’s section of the library was upstairs on the second floor, where they take part in story time.

Susan’s sister Donna remembers that when she would borrow Susan’s books, she had to promise to keep them in pristine condition.

“I have paperback books that the spines have not even been cracked or creased,” said Susan. And her love for books is found in her personal library where she has hundreds of books.

What got Susan interested in books was when a neighbor friend got the Nancy Drew collection. “And she would let me come over and borrow one. I would then take it home. That’s why I was always very careful, because I was borrowing somebody else’s books.”

Today, Susan has a vast collection of Golden Books. “My parents read to me all the time. So I got to the point I could read the book because I had it memorized, because I had read it so many times.”

Mystery and fantasy, but not science fiction, are some of the genres that Susan enjoys today. “It has to be light-hearted, I don’t read anything sad.”

Susan celebrated 21 years with the library in June. She started with the library on a part-time basis for three years.

When Bev Vandevender retired, Susan moved into her position at the library as an administrative assistant in March of 2000.

Before coming to the library, Susan was a teacher for 7th and 8th-grade students language arts for 26 years. “I enjoyed teaching. Enjoyed the kids.”

Besides teaching language arts, Susan helped the students with their newspaper, student council, and coached cheerleading and girls track.

When asked what retirement was going to bring, Susan said a slower pace, “not having to rush and hurry.”

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