By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Villarma closes the book on library career after 34 years


April 26, 2023

Caroleine James/Wrangell Sentinel

Margaret Villarma, who will retire after 34 years from the Irene Ingle Public Library, said she will miss a lot about the job, particularly "the interaction with the community and helping people, because we are here to serve."

The Irene Ingle Public Library has undergone countless changes in the past three decades, from the digitization of its catalog to major building renovations to the advent of e-books. Library Director Margaret Villarma has guided the facility through it all, offering support to elders and fostering a love of reading in generations of Wrangell youth. Now, after 34 years, she is ready to retire.

"I'm just grateful for the job I had here," she said. "I really am. I enjoyed it. I couldn't have asked for a better career path to take. It was perfect for me. And the community is just so supportive of...

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