Linwood community to honor woman who built library
Community members will gather next month to honor a late Linwood woman, who dedicated herself to her hometown library.
Friends and family of Juanita Sheets will gather at 1 p.m. April 3 at the Linwood Community Library, 302 Main Street, where a stone bulletin board will be dedicated in Sheets' honor.
The public is encouraged to attend the ceremony, and refreshments will be served.
Lori Leach, Linwood Community Library director, said Sheets spent 35 years of her life working with the library. She served in various roles during her tenure, including library board member and librarian.
She was also instrumental in moving the library from a volunteer club, as it initially began, to becoming an actual library district. Her work throughout her three-plus decades with the library is still felt today, Leach said.
"The library was her life," she said. "She was a librarian and served in a lot of different roles. We continue to reap from her foresight."
When Sheets died in 1999, a memorial fund was set up; Linwood residents donated money in her honor. The funds were used to pay for the construction of a community bulletin board, which will be unveiled during the ceremony April 3 outside the library.