Gloria Busch's 32-year career working in Minneapolis libraries will come to a close on Saturday.
The beloved librarian is retiring after working nearly 18 years at the Pierre Bottineau library in Northeast. In her retirement she hopes to spend a lot of time with her first grandchild, who is due this summer.
“It just seems like it's the right time to [retire], but I've enjoyed my job so much for all of these years that it really hasn't felt much like a job,” said Busch.
She got her first library job working part-time at North Regional library, which is about six blocks away from where she grew up in north Minneapolis. Busch specializes in working with young children and loves reading stories to toddlers.
Some of her fondest memories come from the old Pierre Bottineau library, (the library relocated to its new location on Broadway St. in 2003) when once a week an entire class from a nearby school would come in for a different program. Some of her programs included story times, a reptile show and a magician.
“We'd have this tiny library that was kinda quiet, and then all of the sudden we'd have 30 second-graders in there,” said Busch with a laugh. “It was chaos, but we had a good time.”
Busch lives in Plymouth with her husband Brian, who worked for Education Minnesota before retiring. The couple has been together for 42 years and have two children together. Despite raising her children in the suburbs she feels a strong connection with northeast Minneapolis. Her mother worked in the neighborhood when she was younger and her brother owns River Liquor Store on Marshall and Lowry.
“I love northeast Minneapolis, it sort of feels like home,” said Busch. “A lot of the children from the old library are still coming in, but now they're married and have children of their own, so it's a nice feeling to know that you affected their lives and they're still using the library.”