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June 21, 2013

The Music Man is being honored next week

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Library legend

If you are one of the thousands who love the Salem Public Library, then you must know Jane Walsh, the head reference librarian.

She is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly ... No, wait, that’s the Boy Scouts.

Walsh is dedicated, devoted and tireless in her efforts to find the correct answers to questions asked by inquiring minds who visit in person, call on the phone or write letters. No question is too stupid — believe us, we’ve tested her.

She will retire next week after a long and distinguished career. We asked Walsh how long she has been at the library, and she instantly went into reference-librarian mode.

“How long have I been the reference librarian?” she said, turning to a colleague.

She has worked at the library for more than 30 years and has been reference librarian for much of that time. One of her favorite duties is guiding visitors to the Salem History Room, a treasure trove of newspaper clippings and books about her favorite city.

“It’s almost like she’s giving (you) a tour of her own home,” said Jean Stella, a local historian.

Although Walsh hates all this fuss, she truly is one of the reasons Salem has such a great library. And she will be sorely missed.

Gov. What’s-His-Name

Nice tweet yesterday by our governor about his visit to Salem High: “Excited to join MassEducation and Mayor Kim Driscoll and the Salem Spartans for our student town hall forum.”

Not as excited as we are to have Devil Patrick visit the Salem Witches.

Salary squabble

Did you see the story about carnival workers filing a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court this week against Fiesta Shows of New Hampshire, claiming they work long hours for something less than minimum wage?

Who knows if it’s true, but that name rings a bell — Fiesta Shows. Let’s see now ...

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