End of a chapter for longserving library manager

Steph Gassor (third from left) with her Buckingham Library team
Steph Gassor (third from left) with her Buckingham Library team
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A library manager is celebrating the end of a chapter today – on the very day it began 18 years ago.

Steph Gassor, who first joined as a Saturday assistant on September 26 1996, is leaving Buckingham Library and invited friends and family to an event at the library in Verney Close today.

Steph Gassor, who first joined as a Saturday assistant on September 26 1996, is leaving Buckingham Library and invited friends and family to an event at the library in Verney Close today PNL-140926-130450001

Steph Gassor, who first joined as a Saturday assistant on September 26 1996, is leaving Buckingham Library and invited friends and family to an event at the library in Verney Close today PNL-140926-130450001

She is retiring but plans to help her son-in-law with his air conditioning business and spend more time with her three grandchildren.

Steph, who is returning to the library as a volunteer e-book trainer, said it is the people of Buckingham who she will miss the most.

She said: “The public is the best thing about it. You meet some lovely, lovely people and it’s been a great service to work for.

“And we’re like a little family here – it’s all about teamwork.”

Steph moved to Aylesbury Library in 1999 as an office manager before becoming children’s librarian.

But she returned to Buckingham as manager in 2005 and while working, completed a master’s degree in Information Management through Thames Valley University in Ealing.

Steph said she has fondest memories of staff dress-up days for the Queen’s Jubilee and Christmas parades but most notably a 1960s and 1970s theme when she wore a huge Tina Turner wig all day.

She said: “Now’s a good time to jump ship as there is some reorganisation going on and things are changing for libraries but I would hope they all continue.

“Buckingham has a good strong hold on the community and I hope it stays that way.”