Bacon Free Librarian’s Fran Daneault was given a fond farewell as the beloved children’s librarian turned the page on the next chapter in her life. Fran retired on September 9 after many years of service. The Friends of the Bacon Free Library hosted a party in Fran’s honor that included refreshments, a book in which patrons entered their favorite Fran memories, and cake, of course.
“The hardest part is leaving all these people I’ve had relationships with for fifteen years,” she said. “I’ve seen so many kids grow up. And I’ll miss doing story time.”
Amy Sadkin says that during the two years that she’s been the Bacon Free Director, it’s been at least a weekly occurrence for teens to come in and reminisce about Fran reading stories to them when they were little.
Fran’s only plans so far include “taking a whole week off.” Of course, being a librarian Fran’s a big believer in the power of information, gesturing to a pile of books she’s borrowed on shifting gears, retiring successfully, and how to manage her next act. The Natick resident says she’ll be around, but keeping a low profile. So if you see Fran out and about, greet her with a warm hello and congratulations.