Oak Park librarian Kay Desio won't be shushing noisy patrons Monday night. They'll be throwing her a retirement party.
The 67-year-old Desio, who is leaving the small community library where she has worked since it opened 12 years ago, will be the guest of honor at a reception given by Friends of the Oak Park Library from 7 to 9 p.m. at the library. Patrons will be asked to honor Desio by "sponsoring" children's books that will be added to the collection.
The library sits in the middle of the Oak Park High School campus and is run jointly by the Ventura County Library Services Agency and the Oak Park Unified School District.
"Kay has been able to serve both the Ventura County library population, everyone from senior citizens to the preschoolers, in addition to the high school students who go to the school there. It's not always easy," said Friends president Noreen Armerding.