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Bookworms rack up half a century of experience

For some people, holding down a job is a reason to celebrate.

So imagine having the same job for 50 years.

That’s a reality for Olga McTackett, who is a familiar face for anyone visiting one of Maitland’s library services.

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Olga started with Maitland City Council in 1970 as a library assistant and was recognised for her service to the community when she received the NSW Service Medallion in a ceremony at Parliament House.

“There’s not a day where I haven’t wanted to go to work,” she said.

“I love the people I work with and the library has been a big part of my life.”

But Olga isn’t the only person marking a special occasion – Peter Woodley has racked up 40 years with the Maitland City Library team.

He began working as the city’s first male deputy librarian in 1980 after studying a degree in Economics and a Diploma of Librarianship from Sydney University.

“I love being so embedded and giving something back that is good for the community,” he said.

“I’m happy to help promote [the] library’s values of literacy, knowledge and freedom of information.”

Maitland City Council’s Manager of Libraries and Learning, Keryl Collard, said the duo were irreplaceable.

 “We’re proud to see Peter and Olga reach these significant milestones,” Ms Collard said.

“Their experience is invaluable, and we’re extremely lucky to have them on the Maitland Libraries team.

“They share a passion for reading, local history, and connecting with the community.

“In turn, they’re both Maitland icons and are well known and well-loved for the warm and professional service they have given over many years.”

Council will be recognising Olga and Peter’s service at a celebratory morning tea next week.

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