Librarian ready for new adventure

However the Sicamous library has changed over the past 33 years, one constant has been Eileen Veideman’s love for reading books to children.

n Head librarian Eileen Veideman delights young members of the Sicamous Parents and Tots group with one of her favourite books.

However the Sicamous library has changed over the past 33 years, one constant has been Eileen Veideman’s love for reading books to children.

This likely won’t change next February when Veideman retires from her job as head librarian.

“It’s my talent – I don’t know what you want to call it,” Veideman explained. “I’ve always loved kids and children. I even do storytime with my own grandson. He loves books. I’m really lucky that he loves books.”

Veideman said the library’s storytime readings and summer programs geared towards youth rank high among the highlights of her 33-year career with the Sicamous library.

“The little people are my favourite,” said Veideman. “I wanted to be a teacher and it just didn’t work out that way, so I’ve got the best of both worlds.”

Veideman said her decision to retire has to do with wanting to spend more time with family (her grandchildren in particular) and trying new adventures. Also, she said she just knows it’s time.

“Someone told me that I would know when it was time to retire, and that is the honest truth,” said Veideman. “When I decided to do it, I notified my supervisor and I felt great. But I’ve had a long run; 33 years is a long time.”

Veideman was raised in Vernon and, after graduating from college, began her professional career there – though not behind a reference desk.

“I ended up with a job with the Vernon Irrigation District. I was there until I got married, and then I had to move to Sicamous,” said Veideman. “And then, all of a sudden, I looked in the paper one day and they were advertising for a librarian… So I applied and I got the job and the rest is history.”

When Veideman started with the Sicamous library, the branch was located at 444 Main Street, where Inkz Design Solutions is currently located. She guesses the library had around 2,000 books at the time. From there, the library moved to the Parkland Mall, and the number of books available locally for circulation increased to around 6,000. In 2011, the library returned to Main Street at its current location in the district civic centre. Veideman said the number of books stayed about the same, but the floor space grew significantly.

“I bet this is the most beautiful library in the whole library system,” said Veideman, referring to libraries within the Okanagan Regional Library system. “I haven’t visited them all yet, but it’s beautiful in here, I love it.”

Veideman has become accustomed to change at the library, and not just in terms of its location. Computers, in particular, have played a huge role in transforming not just how librarians do their work, but also the way people read. But despite the growing popularity of E-books, Veideman is among those who would rather turn, than tap a page.

“I prefer to have a book in my hands – but then I’m from the old school. And I think it’s important, especially for the young children I read to, that they are in book form…, said Veideman.

“I think there will always be something new at the library as the years go on.

“I’m still going to be coming once a week to visit the library and take out books. I’ll just be on the other side of the counter, that’s all.”


Just Posted

Salmon Arm community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Choose a brand for Salmon Arm

What do you think of three options offered to attract people to visit, live and invest in city.

UBCO civil engineer touts cohousing option

Gord Lovegrove says cohousing is sustainable social and economic lifestyle

Okanagan – Shuswap weekend weather

Plan your weekend better with a weather update from Black Press media

School district spells out rules for new trustees

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District creating written policies to guide elected officials

VIDEO: B.C. Mounties reunite veteran with lost military medals

RCMP say Zora Singh Tatla, who served in the army in India for 28 years, is the righful owner

Federal government seeks public feedback on pedestrian safety

What safety measures do you think need to improved for pedestrians and cyclists?

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Experts urging caution as rabbits die by the hundreds in B.C. city

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Canucks snap scoreless streak but fall short in 5-3 loss to Sharks

Swiss forward Timo Meier nets two, including the game-winner, to lead San Jose

Video: Natalie Wilkie wins gold in Women’s 7.5km ski race as hometown cheers her on

Salmon Arm skier takes home her second medal of the PyeongChang Paralympics

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Making new furry friends at the Meet the Breeds event in Salmon Arm

Centenoka Park Mall hosts Vernon & District Kennel Club’s showcase of well-trained pups

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

Most Read