TROY — A familiar face soon will be missing from several of Miami County’s libraries when Curtis Evans closes the book on his career at the end of the month.
Evans started at the Troy-Miami County Library in 1989 as a security guard, later acquiring the position of facilities supervisor, a position he will retire from on March 31.
The Huber Heights resident is in charge of the upkeep of not only the Troy-Miami County Library, but the libraries’ Local History Library and the Pleasant Hill branch, the Oakes-Beitman Library.
He also is in charge of those volunteering at the library for their senior or other high school service hours and those appointed by the courts to do community service. Evans started the Students Helping Students program earlier in his career, in which students seeking service hours helped younger children at the library.
“I put them to work helping one another,” said Evans, a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan who plans to finally attend a game in retirement.
Evans said he has enjoyed the variety — and flexibility — his job has offered over the years. He said every day’s needs change — from moving books, to shoveling snow or ordering supplies and working with vendors.
“I’ve been able to change. I don’t have to do the same thing every day,” said Evans, who has been married to wife Vickie for 40 years, and has two adult sons and 13 grandchildren.
He said the biggest change he has seen at the library — and the hardest to adjust to — was going from paper, like card catalogs, to computer technology.
“Going digital has been one of the biggest changes I’ve experienced,” he said.
More than anything, Evans said he will miss the thousands of people he has met throughout his career, young and old alike.
“I’m a people person. I like interacting with people,” he said. “I have met second and third generations of people here.”
His co-workers will be sorely missed as well. Evans said he is thankful to former library director Jim Miley for giving him the job, and to both Miley and current director Rachelle Ramsey for being great bosses.
“The library has treated me well,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for better.”
Likewise, Ramsey said Evans has been an asset to the library.
“Curtis has worked at the library for many years and deserves to enjoy his retirement,” Ramsey said. “This is the start of a new chapter in his life and we all wish him well.”
Evans said that next chapter will include spending more time at St. James Community Church in Troy, where his wife is the pastor, and spending more time with family. A “honey-do” list also is already awaiting him, the Toledo native said jokingly.
He also plans to devote a little time to one of his favorite pastimes, fishing. He said he will head up to Indian Lake in his free time, hoping to catch some bass and catfish.
Evans said looking back, he couldn’t have asked for a better job and a better community.
“It’s been an honor to work here,” he said.
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