Rae Bromley retires after 13 years as library manager

FAREWELL: Back: Rachel McLellan (left), Chris Virgin, Heather Mewett, Julie Kendall.
Middle: Hayley Bawden (left), Rae Bromley, Tash Puckridge. Front: Anita Colls.
FAREWELL: Back: Rachel McLellan (left), Chris Virgin, Heather Mewett, Julie Kendall. Middle: Hayley Bawden (left), Rae Bromley, Tash Puckridge. Front: Anita Colls.

Goodbyes are always hard, and Rae Bromley's decision to announce her retirement as Bordertown Public Library manager is no exception.

On Thursday morning, locals packed the Tatiara Civic Centre to say farewell to Mrs Bromley and thanked her for her contribution to the library.

She first joined the library in October, 2005, and during her time as library manager she has created lifelong relationships with members of the Bordertown community.

Originally from Mount Barker, Mrs Bromley spent a number of years at the University of Adelaide's Barr Smith Library before making the switch to the Tatiara.

Her decision to say goodbye to her job in Adelaide was due to her husband, Frank, who was working as a guide at the Naracoorte caves.

Mrs Bromley joked that she was trying to lure him to come back home, but after that didn't eventuate, she made the decision to pack her bags and head to the Limestone Coast.

The Barr Smith Library's loss, was Bordertown Public Library's gain, and nearly 14 years later she is happy with the decision she made.

"Being the library manager was such a fulfilling job, but now I am ready for the next stage of my life," Mrs Bromley said.

Announcing her retirement will now allow her to spend more time with friends and family, along with organising potential opportunities to travel. Next year she plans to travel to the Western Australian coast.

"I always hear from retired people that they are busier than they were when they were working, but at least you'll probably be able to do the things you'd like to do more," Mrs Bromley said.

A much loved figure, Mrs Bromley has made an impact on countless people throughout the Bordertown community and she will miss the people who welcomed her all those years ago.

"I will miss all of the community and staff. I will still be able to talk to the people I have met over the years," Mrs Bromley said.

"I'll come back every now and again to check what's happening and catch up with people."

With a lifetime of memories made, Mrs Bromley has officially passed the baton onto Bordertown Public Library's newest manager, Hayley Bawden.

Ms Bawden is from Avenue Range, outside of Lucindale, and has come back to the area after spending eight years in Darwin.

She is excited to start the new role, stating it was a great opportunity to bring herself closer to her family and give back to the community.

Locals are encouraged to visit the library and introduce themselves to Ms Bawden, who will be a fantastic addition to the Bordertown Public Library.