Reed City librarian retires after nearly 20 years of Story Hours

REED CITY — When Candy Derevage finished “Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine” after reading the book to children last Wednesday, she closed a book on her career as the Story Hour reader. Derevage, a Reed City resident, retired Wednesday after reading to hundreds of children who came to Story Hour during her nearly 20-year history at Reed City Library. “We’re going to miss Candy. She has seen a lot of kids in the area grow up,” said Reed City Library Director Heather Symon. From hearing the stories of fun-loving characters come alive to leaving with a goodie bag full of trinkets, children not quite old enough for school had a special place to go once a week. In her retirement, Derevage plans to spend more time with her family. “I’m going to do the things I’ve been putting off, spend more time with my family and garden when the snow disappears,” Derevage said. The story hour program at the library will temporarily be put on hold, but will begin again when the library finds a new individual to read to children “(Candy) has been a really important figure for kids in the community,” Symon said. “We have big shoes to fill.”