Dorothy says she "just loved working in the library. I love to read books and magazines." She also enjoyed visiting with library patrons, and especially enjoyed doing the summer reading program with pre-school- 4th grade children for a week each July or August. She says that the program had from 12-16 participants at its peak, but the numbers have dwindled in recent years, with only three children participating last year. Hanks says she misses the contact she had with people at the library.
Dorothy is a native of Holstein, but moved to Cushing with her family when she was in the eighth grade, and graduated from the Cushing Consolidated School.
Her husband managed the theater in Ida Grove prior to entering the Army in WWII. After he returned from serving in Germany, the couple lived for a couple of years on a farm near Ute, Iowa., then moved to Quimby in 1947. Earl was employed for about forty years with Simonsen Industries in Quimby, and Dorothy said she "has always worked" outside the home. She initially taught in a country school for two years, and other jobs included working with Simonsen Advertising, the Soil Lab, and ten years as a teacher's aide for pre-schoolers in Washta and Quimby. She began her work as librarian in July 1987, when the library was still located at its former location. She says the move to the current Main Street location was a huge improvement, as there is much more room. Some big changes Hanks has seen over the last nineteen years at the library include the addition of computers, videos, CDs and DVDs to the traditional books and magazines.
The Hanks' have two children -a son, Eugene, who lives in Milwaukee, Oregon, and a daughter, Thelma Hanks, who resides in Quimby, and is employed as a secretary at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center. Earl and Dorothy have three granddaughters, two great - grandsons, and one great - granddaughter, and visiting with them is one of her great pleasures in life, along with reading and working outside.
Everyone is invited to stop in at the library on Wednesday afternoon, have some cookies and coffee, and tell Dorothy "thanks" for her years of devoted service.