A week into Bonnie Williamson’s last summer as the director of the Havre-Hill County Library, the library has announced her replacement, Betty Thompson.
Thompson, who lives in Colfax, Wash., is moving to Havre and starting her job next week.
Williamson will stick around to show Thompson the ropes until she officially retires on Aug. 9.
Thompson was born in Idaho, but said “I consider myself a Montanan. ”
She graduated high school in Troy, and several years ago worked in the Blaine County Extension Office in Chinook.
Her degree from the University of Montana was in home economics education, with a minor in library sciences.
She has prior experience in library work from all levels of public schools in Washington and Alaska.
Williamson said that Thompson spent four or five days at a summer librarian training program in Helena earlier this month.
Following Williamson’s 37-year tenure in the position is a daunting task, Thompson said.
“Hopefully I can keep doing the good work that Bonnie has been doing, ” Thompson said. “Maybe I’ll introduce some new things with some of the skills I have. ”
To commemorate Williamson’s long career, press release said the “Friends of the Library are planning a farewell for the afternoon of August 9 from 2 to 4 p. m., at the library. Everyone is welcome. ”