Assistant Director set to retire after 37 years
By Mike Bisceglia
Hampton Union, April 1, 2016
[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]
HAMPTON — The folks at the Lane Memorial Library took the opportunity Tuesday to honor Assistant Director Bill Teschek, who is retiring today after 37 years on the job.
“It is going to take a while to get used to the idea,” said Lane Memorial Library Director Amanda Reynolds Cooper. “After all, Bill has been a fixture here for my eight years in Hampton. He has meant so much to so many; I am truly happy for him.”
Over 50 patrons came out to the special retirement party honoring Teschek at the library. Some were wiping away stray tears as they pressed Teschek’s hand and wished him well. All were pleased to have known him during his 37 years of service to the community.
“I’ve known Bill for ten years,” said Darrell Eifert, head of public services at the library. “I’ve always been impressed by his organizational skills and his ability to solve problems. His work on Hampton history and genealogy has taken some 15 years and has involved some 3,000 pages and over 10,000 images. No matter how you look at it, that is a remarkable piece of work.”
Kevin Robbitts, technical services librarian, will be assuming much of Teschek’s responsibilities once he retires.
“I’ve known him for over two years,” said Robbitts. “I am amazed at how much he knows about the workings of the library. I am also impressed with his dry sense of humor. Every April Fools’ Day, he would turn the image of the library upside-down on the wallpaper of our public computers. It was harmless fun, and it really tickled him to do it.”
Stacy Mazur, teen services librarian, chuckled, recalling the occasional rubber band that would zip across the back room when days were slow.
“That was typical Bill,” said Mazur. “In recent weeks, after he announced his retirement, he would fire off a few more bands than usual. Then, he would add, ‘What are they going to do? Fire me?’ I’m sure it is his dry humor I will miss most.”
Betty Moore, director of the Tuck Museum, said Teschek served the Hampton area well.
“He never missed an opportunity to help in his capacity at the library,” Moore said. “Whether it was history or technical assistance, Bill was always the go-to guy when you needed help.”
Ginger Ellenwood, long-time patron, recalled having known Teschek for over 25 years.
“One of my fondest memories,” she said with a reflective smile, “was when he took the time to speak with my son on so many occasions about technology. I don’t think he ever knew just how much those talks meant to him. He’s a wonderful guy.”
Summing up the feelings of so many, library patron and former library staff member Joanne Mulready said, “I have nothing but good things to say about Bill. So many . . . you just don’t have time to listen.”
Teschek began his Lane Library career as an assistant librarian in May of 1979, when Charlotte Hutton was the director.
“Being a librarian really wasn’t my first career choice,” admitted Teschek. “I had hoped to become a professional genealogist. I found that would have been a difficult field to pursue. Luckily, I had a minor in library science. I did like working part-time here and decided to pursue my masters in library science at URI. It was a great decision; I’m glad I made it.”
A Kensington resident for almost 25 years, Teschek is originally from Concord. He grew up in Laconia, graduating in 1975 from Laconia High School.
He and his wife Tish will be celebrating their silver wedding anniversary in April. Their son, John, 19, is a sophomore at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.
The Tescheks have not fully had a chance to absorb the reality of Bill’s impending departure from the library.
“It hasn’t really hit me fully,” said Tish. “I suppose it will, in a week or so when he doesn’t go off to work at the library every day. I guess we’ll come to believe that he truly has retired from the library. We’re both looking forward to more family time than we’ve been able to share all these many years.”
Teschek was quick to add that the library wasn't getting rid of him entirely. He'll be volunteering his time to continue to maintain and add to the historical sections of the library's website. And he'll have more time to read so will be in frequently to get books. "I had once planned to work here for 50 years," Teschek said. "It seemed like a nice, round number to shoot for. 37 years, however, has been a good stint. While I'm retiring from the library I will still be working full time in my other job timing road races and managing my brother's business Granite State Race Services.”