LEETONIA- When the new year starts, the Leetonia Community Public Library will be missing a familiar face.
Long-time employee Paula Raneri is retiring after 25 years with the library. Her last day is Monday.
Always ready to welcome visitors with a smile, Raneri said she will miss the patrons the most.
"I'll miss the people that come in the front door terribly," she said. "Helping people who come in and say, 'tell me what I should read,' and knowing what most of them like; I'll miss helping the people a lot."
Current Library Director Lisa Rohrbaugh praised Raneri for her relationship with the patrons.
"She going to be missed because she's so friendly to everyone who walks in the door," Rohrbaugh said. "She makes everyone feel comfortable, and that's a good quality (to have) at a public library."
Raneri said she had always wanted to work at a library, where she could indulge her love of books. Currently she manages the library's AM Book Club, which meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month, and will continue after her retirement. She will also continue archiving newspaper clippings of the Leetonia, Washingtonville and Franklin Square areas.
Starting in 1988, Raneri began cleaning, dusting the book shelves at the old library at the corner of Main Street with her daughter. She took on desk duties in addition to cleaning under former Director Carol Davis and eventually took on just desk duties under former Director Andy Smith.
During her time at the library, Raneri said she has seen two major renovations at the old library, moving the books at least seven times, then the construction of the new library on Walnut Street, where she has helped move the books five more times.
In her retirement, Raneri said she will spend more time volunteering at her church, St. Paul Lutheran in Leetonia, as well as with the Stage Left Players in Lisbon. She also will be baking more for her grandson, she said jokingly.