S1E5: 50 Years at the Library


Diane Freiermuth at her retirement party, celebrating 50 years of service.

In our fifth episode of Your Library Podcast, we are joined by Diane Freiermuth, now retired Deputy Director of the St. Louis Public Library. She reflects on her 50 years of service at the Library in an interview with colleague and friend Kathy Leitle, Associate Deputy Director. Diane began her career with the Library at the age of 16 on June 1, 1968 as a shelver at the Gravois Branch. Over the years, she served the Library in many roles: Children’s Librarian, Branch Manager, Film Librarian, and Head of Public Services, just to name a few! Diane shares memories from her decades at the Library, including all the changes, from renovations to 16 millimeter film to the first public computer.

We also hear from Library Technician and published author Bridget Hurd, who recently taught a workshop at the Carpenter Branch on how to get your book published. She discusses her personal experiences with publishing The Best of Punk Magazine (check it out from the Library!) and shares some helpful resources available from the Library.   

Bridget’s Recommendations
-The Elements of Style by William Strunk & E.B. White
-How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen
-Guide to Literary Agents by Robert Lee Brewer
-On Writing by Charles Bukowski
-Great Courses
-Gale Courses

Later, Central Library Technician John Wilson discusses building permits from the 1906 to 1912 issues of the Reality Record and Builder magazines in our Special Collections. While indexing these permits, he discovered information on Carondelet Branch and Central Library. Interested in exploring more of our Special Collections? Visit Central Library on the third Thursday of every month and join the Special Collections Tour from 6:30-8pm.

Finally, the Adult Services Provider of Central Express, Erika Thornton, joins us to talk about her book club, Booked for Lunch. The last Wednesday of every month, a group of 10 or so people meet during their lunch break to discuss their latest read. If you’re looking for something to do over your lunch break, join an upcoming discussion. New members are always welcome!

Your Library Podcast is a monthly audio program that takes you behind the scenes of St. Louis Public Library and features resources, events, and people from throughout the library system. It is produced and hosted by Honna Veerkamp and Mary Meyer. Your Library Podcast theme song is by Garry Moore. Transitional music for this episode is by Thomas Park.

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