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Ripon council honors Alice Reynolds retiring after her serving 21 years as librarian
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Alice Reynolds would generously share her love of books and reading whenever the opportunity presented itself.

That opportunity was often.

The Ripon City Council honored Reynolds on Tuesday for her longtime service with the Ripon Memorial Library with a proclamation presented by Mayor Daniel de Graaf.

"A librarian is an essential part of every community and Ripon has had the pleasure of having Alice as part of (our) library for the 21 years," he said.

Reynolds, who just retired — she held the title of Circulation Assistant II for Ripon Memorial Library — began her over 30-year career in 1989 with the Stockton San Joaquin County Library System.

In 1989, she transferred to the Ripon branch. She was the force behind the recruitment and training of all library volunteers. Some remained, spending as much as the past two decades helping out at the local library.

Reynolds was a great problem solver. She's remembered for always having a smile while attending to patrons in a friendly and caring manner.

"Alice has done her job with admirable kindness, dedication and a passion for showing the community the power of Reading," de Graaf said.

Council, in addition, wished Reynolds "a happy retirement filled with laughter, family and afternoons with a good book."