The Friends of the Howell Library invite Library patrons to attend a special dedication ceremony on Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m., when the Quiet Study Room at the Howell Township Library will be named in honor of the late Ellen Kathryn Deeble, Howell's first librarian.
Ellen was the first Monmouth County librarian assigned to the newly formed Howell Township Library, which was dedicated April 27, 1974. She remained as the Howell Librarian until 2003. She passed away at the age of 62 in April 2013.
A reception will follow the dedication ceremony.
Ellen Kathryn Deeble dedicated her life to her work in libraries. She started working as a library page at the Allentown Public Library in 1965 at the age of 15. After earning her Master of Library Science degree at University of Pittsburg in 1973, she began her career as a librarian with the Monmouth County Library System on February 4, 1974.
She managed the first Howell Library branch located in the basement of the then-Howell Courthouse on Adelphia-Farmingdale Road. Ellen helped to plan and relocate the Howell Branch to its current location at 318 Old Tavern Road.
Ellen built the core collection of library materials through her thoughtful selections determined by assessing the needs of the community. Based on this foundation the Howell Library's collection continues to serve our patrons. Ellen has left a lasting legacy to the community of Howell and its surrounding neighbors.
After being reassigned in 2003 to the Reference staff at Headquarters Library – Manalapan, Ellen continued to be the consummate professional helping patrons find answers to their questions and needs. She shared her knowledge, experience and wisdom with all her co-workers and mentored many new employees with kindness and understanding.
She will be missed by her library family and the thousands of patrons she helped during her 39 years of service to the residents of Monmouth County