June 24, 2021 | Kaitlyn M
The Canton Public Library wishes a fond farewell to one of our longest-serving staff members, Circulation Assistant Carol Siemieniak. Carol’s warm smile makes everyone feel at home, and her personality has brought fun and laughter to staff and library patrons alike. She has dedicated her time at CPL to making the library a welcoming place for everyone.
Carol first joined the Canton Public Library as a receptionist in 1988, one of the first individuals hired as part of the library’s new building opening. She later moved into a Circulation Assistant position, where she has served the Canton community for the last fifteen years.
“Carol has put her heart and soul into this library and it shows in all of the friends she has made with CPL staff members and the many patrons who look for her smiling face when they enter,” Circulation Supervisor Barb Gudenburr said. “She has been an inspiration to others to be empathetic to everyone.”
When it comes to library memories, Carol has 33 years’ worth to share. Her particular favorites include the library’s 25th Anniversary celebration in 2005, and former President George H.W. Bush’s campaign visit to Canton Public Library in 1992.
“We stood behind the Circulation Desk, and he came up and shook hands with us,” Carol shared about her experience meeting the former President. “They sent us official White House photos of us shaking hands with the president. It was so exciting.”
As a Circulation Assistant, Carol discovered a love for connecting with library patrons. Carol expressed that she was very shy when she started at CPL, but getting to know the friendly faces that came to visit the library helped her come out of her shell. “My job has been really rewarding in that I got to know so many people,” Carol said. “It’s been such a ride and I’ve had such a good time.”
Carol will retire to spend time with her new granddaughter on June 30. She will miss her coworkers dearly, and the many patrons she meets on a day-to-day basis. Members of the community are invited to stop by and send best wishes to Carol before her last day on June 30.