Librarian and SCA member retires after 42 years of service

Kay Marszalek has served the Anoka County (Minnesota) Library System for 42 years, beginning in 1969. She recently ended her career of public service with a final "story hour" for the kids -- wearing her SCA garb to tell them about princes and princesses!

Known in the SCA as Baroness Khadijah, she was known as "Miss Kay" to the children who came to adore her stories of faraway places and fascinating characters. She started her career as a reference librarian but eventually because the Children's Librarian at the Northtown Library, a branch of the Anoka system.

Her last story hour for the kids featured tales of princes and princesses, and selections included Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni, which was also the first book she read in her very first story hour. "Miss Kay" wore garb and a Baronial coronet to heighten the enjoyment of the kids.

Although retiring from the library, Miss Kay says she will continue to lead an active life in the SCA and in several other hobby and volunteer organizations. And, of course, she wants to spend more time reading!

Bethany Kemming, a Staff Intern for the Coon Rapids Herald has a feature article on "Miss Kay's" retirement, linked below.