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Retirement, Reassignment Mean Changes For Library
The faces are changing again at the Escalon Library.

One retirement and one reassignment mean Pam Reisler and Rebecca Hill-Long have both moved on from the local branch.

Reisler, who was the circulation manager, retired effective June 30 and was being offered plenty of goodbye hugs and well wishes for a happy retirement by patrons during her final week on the job.

"I was with the City of Stockton for 21 years, 11 in the library system," Reisler explained. "I was at Cesar Chavez from 2000 to 2009 and two years ago, I came here."

When she originally started working for the City of Stockton, she was in Public Works and ran a landfill. When the city sold the landfills, a job opened up at the library and she said she was lucky enough to be transferred there. Escalon is part of the Stockton-San Joaquin Library system, operated in cooperation with the City of Stockton.

Reisler said the time was just right to retire now, but she is glad her final two years on the job were in Escalon.

"What's not to enjoy here?" she said. "This is a very community-oriented town, respectful people, kind people, they are warm and friendly and it has been a really great place to work.

"I've enjoyed every person I've met."

Reisler lives on a ranch and has horses along with "five acres of weeds" that need attention, so she plans to stay very busy in retirement.

"I have a lot of work to do on my ranch," she agreed.

For librarian Rebecca Hill-Long, her transfer will take her back to Cesar Chavez, the main library branch in Stockton, where she began her career in the system. She has also worked at many other branches, and has been involved in library administration.

"I got here last July," said Hill-Long of her one-year stay in the community. "The friendliness of the town, from day one, I've been welcomed with open arms.

"I really do like it here and I think the town likes me, too."

And while that welcoming feel is something she will miss, Hill-Long said she knows that library assignments are typically rotational in nature.

"I've been at Linden, Manteca, I opened the Weston Ranch branch, I even worked in administration for six months," she said.

Her latest move sends her to Cesar Chavez, where she started in 2005.

Despite the changes, Hill-Long said Escalon will be well taken care of with the new duo slated to arrive to kick off the new fiscal year, with Jamie Turner coming in as the new librarian and Shirley Meeker to handle circulation.

She also pointed to the constant support of the Friends of the Library organization in Escalon as being key, maintaining a series of programs and services to patrons, especially during the summer months when children can count on a weekly entertaining program.

"There's just a family feel here," said Hill-Long. "There's no town like this one. I'm sad to go."