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Gem Tartaglia retiring after 20 years of helping library patrons


August 25, 2021

GEM TARTAGLIA HAS MARCHED INTO RETIREMENT – Tartaglia (left) and Felicia Value lead the Friends of the Library in La Conner’s 2009 July 4th parade. They played kazoos for the first time – Tartaglia’s idea. For years the group received numerous requests to reprise their “kazoo band.” – Photo courtesy of La Conner Library

Katryna Barber

Long time staff member Gem Tartaglia is retiring after 20 years of dedicated service to the La Conner Regional Library. Gem has worked in the library throughout the years and has seen a great deal of change, both in the library and in the community. Though it all, she has been a stable and welcoming face to all who have visited the library. Reflecting on this, Gem says: “Being in the library, working the front desk, I got to know the people in town. I also got to know the books. What a treat! Words, books and patrons. They are so important. I love putting a book or two in...

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