Last Day at the Library – U.S. Ambassador Wishes Library Director a Happy Retirement

(L-R) National Library Service Deputy Director Jennifer Yarde, Director Grace Haynes, and U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela celebrate 43 years of service by Director Haynes.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela celebrated Acting Director of the National Library Service Grace Haynes as she completes 43 years of employment with the library and retires November 24.  Ms. Haynes began her career at age 19 and through four decades of service has managed multiple portfolios and projects for the library.  Ambassador Taglialatela celebrated Ms. Haynes with cake, flowers, and a special presentation of books to the library.

Christ Church Foundation School students authored the children’s history book The Journey of Bim, which the Ambassador commissioned and printed.  The 100 copies presented at the retirement ceremony will be donated to libraries across the island.  As for Ms. Haynes, she said, “I can’t believe that I used to talk about months and weeks until retirement, and now it’s hours.  I look forward to what everyone looks forward to in retirement, doing what I want to do, when I want to do it.”  She said at the top of her list is learning languages, but above all, spending more time with her four-year-old granddaughter.