EATON — Teresa Deaton is about to call it quits from the Preble County District Library, and the library is planning a celebration of Deaton’s 34 years of service. All are welcome to the open house celebrating her retirement on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 1-3 p.m. at the Library Administration Office at 450 S. Barron St. in Eaton.
In those 34 years, Deaton has taken many roles. Her career began in 1981 as the Librarian at the Eldorado Branch, and that’s where she spent the most time with 24 years. During her time there, sparked by her creativity, love for the job, and can-do attitude, the library came alive. The children affectionately called Teresa “The Library Lady,” as documented in a 1988 profile in the Palladium Item newspaper. She planned many fun programs, helped students with assignments, leant a listening ear to those who wished to talk, and kept the ties between the library and the community strong.
She later moved on to become the Children’s Librarian at the Eaton Branch Library in 2005. Under Deaton, children’s programming has flourished across the county. She introduced a lap-sit program for infants and toddlers called Mother Goose Storytime and Family Fun Night, designed to promote family togetherness through special events. Deaton has also played many characters over the years from books like “The Monster Who Eats Books,” “The Boy Who Didn’t Cut His Hair,” and “The Cat in the Hat.”
She has coordinated parade float-making, yearly Lego Contests, Night Out with Daddy holiday programs (which so many parents and kids enjoy), the annual Summer Reading Program, and participated in many community events. She was a frequent visitor to Eaton area daycares – and still remarks on how those visits brightened her day.
In 2010, she also took on the duties of the Eaton Branch Manager, a position she has handled with great problem-solving skills. She also, for a large part of 2014 and 2015, served as the Preble County District Library’s Interim Director. She met the challenge with her usual strength and determination to succeed, all while battling an illness that would have sidelined most.