A love of learning and a desire to show people how to do things may be the paving stones for a clear career path. It certainly seemed to be the case for A.V. Sorensen Branch Manager Lucy Lewis. While a junior at the University of Michigan studying to become a teacher, a friend of her parents asked if she had ever considered library school. Lewis graduated with an education degree and soon thereafter completed her Master of Library Science.
Lewis worked in the university’s library for two years before meeting a young Air Force officer, whom she began to date. Within two months they were engaged, and married four months later. His military career meant moving, and eventually he was assigned to Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue. Lewis acquired a position as reference and readers advisory librarian at OPL’s downtown location at 19th & Harney in 1974.
After being promoted to a branch manager, Lewis worked in that position at Benson Branch, Millard Branch, Charles B. Washington Branch, Florence Branch, Willa Cather Branch and A.V. Sorensen Branch. Of all her experiences, she most enjoyed working at Millard Branch during its expansion and renovation in 1997. “I loved the chaos,” said Lewis.
On December 20, Lewis will retire from OPL with 40 years of service. She said she will most miss the patrons and staff that she’s developed relationships with over the years. “You get to know some people so well that they start to feel like family.” Lewis doesn’t have any specific plans for her retirement yet. First on her “to-do” list is to clean her house and get rid of things. However she spends her retirement years, one thing is certain… she will be busy. “I just can’t sit for too long.”