Former Lake Cowichan librarian Jean Brown checks out the library’s Thursday

A page from the Lake Cowichan Library’s past

Many faces came in and out of Lake Cowichan’s library, during their Thursday, September 29, celebration of the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s 75th anniversary.

 

Many faces came in and out of Lake Cowichan’s library, during their Thursday, September 29, celebration of the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s 75th anniversary.

One of the more recognizable faces was that of former librarian Jean Brown, 81.

A couple decades ago she’d retired from the library, after having served as librarian for about 25 years.

She started work at the old one-room library next to the town’s Municipal Hall.

At the time of her retirement, she’d just started work as a school board trustee, and found that people were inclined to discuss school issues with her while she was at work.

“I was in such a public place, that people’s comments always ended up on my doorstep,” she said.

As such, she decided that she should either continue a career in politics, or at the library. She chose politics, continuing as school board trustee, and then as Town of Lake Cowichan councillor and mayor.

This doesn’t mean to say that her interest in books has died.

“I have a book on the go all the time,” she said.