Marge Buchholz Celebrates 40 years at the Park County Public Library in Cody
Marge’s years of service are being celebrated in the Biblio Bistro of the Park County Public Library in Cody from 9 am to 4 pm on Tuesday, September 27. If you are in the area, please stop in to congratulate her and enjoy some refreshments.
When Marjorie (Marge) Helgesen was hired as an assistant in the children’s department of the Park County Public Library in Cody in 1976, she had no idea she would continue to serve the people of Cody and Park County for 40 years. Promoted to Circulation Manager in 1978, she served in the position until 2005 when she was appointed Manager of the Cody library.
In 1983 Marge married area farmer Harold Buchholz and firmly established her roots in Park County. They are the parents of Harold H. Buchholz, Jr. (Rusty) who lives and works in California. With Harold, Marge has maintained the family farm where they grow barley and hay. She is never idle!
Marge has seen many changes in her years with the library. Automation arrived and a whole new set of skills had to be learned. For many years the library maintained a circulating collection of vinyl records. These were replaced by audio cassettes, CDs, video tapes, DVDs and most recently by downloadable audiobooks and e-books for patrons to enjoy on a computer or mobile device. One of the big changes Marge experienced came when she was involved in the project to create a new library for Cody in the former Marathon Oil Company building. Planning for the move, packing, moving and getting set up to re-open, all within 6 weeks, was not a simple matter. As always, Marge managed it the grace and good humor.
Marge is the face of the Cody library to many residents, who cannot image the place without her. Often found at the main circulation desk to remain in touch with the community, Marge also reviews and orders many of the books and other materials added to the collection of the library. Assisted by the very generous Friends of the Cody Library, Marge has built an enviable collection of educational and informational CDs and DVDs that are well used by library patrons. Even as she oversees and manages the operations of the Cody library, she follows national trends in library service and works to keep the library’s shelves stocked with books on a wide range of issues. These include history, psychology, health and wellness, home repair, personal finance, popular and literary fiction and more.
When asked to describe her work experience at the Cody library, Marge had this to say, “It is the most wonderful, relevant, interesting, happiest job experience I have had in my life.”
— Frances Clymer, Park County Library System Director