RetirementRoadster.com Announces Ginnie Cooper as their Pick for ‘Retiree of the Week’

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RetirementRoadster.com finance and lifestyle magazine today revealed their selection for the publication’s ‘Retiree of the Week’ award, and the honor goes to D.C. chief librarian Ginnie Cooper who announced her retirement on Wednesday.

RetirementRoadster.com finance and lifestyle magazine announced their winner for this week’s ‘Retiree of the Week’ victor, giving the title to Ginnie Cooper, Washington, D.C.’s chief librarian. On Wednesday this week, Cooper publicized her retirement from the library system for which she’s worked for seven years. RetirementRoadster.com tipped its cap to Cooper and her many accomplishments, while advising its readers that Cooper is truly a hard working woman to be admired and emulated.

Macy L. Freeman of the Washington Post reported in an article published Wednesday May 29th, 2013 that Ginnie Cooper, who has held the title of chief librarian of the District of Columbia’s public library system since 2006, officially announced her retirement. Freeman reports that during her seven year tenure, Cooper provided the library system with a true transformation. Freeman noted that some of Cooper’s most outstanding accomplishments include constructing and renovating 14 libraries throughout the D.C. neighborhoods, being awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture as a nod to her leadership in converting so many library spaces, and increasing the annual number of books checked out from 1.2 million to 3.7 million over the course of her seven year tenure.

RetirementRoadster.com felt the decision to honor Cooper as their Retiree of the Week was an easy one. RetirementRoadster.com is quoted as saying, “Seven years might not seem like a very long time to be working for an organization, but Cooper has truly shown us that it is quality over quantity that really matters. It’s incredibly inspiring to see a woman transform an entire library system so dramatically in that period of time. She is definitely a person that we wish to congratulate and use as a role model for the way to wrap up one’s working years. Cooper left such an incredible mark on the library system that I’m sure people are wondering what they’ll do without her. If only we all could leave such an impact on our companies, organizations, towns, and communities before we retire.”

According to the above-mentioned Washington Post article, Cooper’s colleagues are sad to see her go. D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, the former chair of the council’s library committee, is quoted as saying, “I’m very sad about [Cooper stepping down.] She has overseen the renaissance of D.C. libraries. We’ve been fortunate to have one of the very best city librarians in the country.” Freeman reported that even Cooper questioned the decision, stating in the article as saying, “I don’t even know if it is time to step down. But I am 67, and I’m excited that at this point in my life I have the opportunity and ability and health [to see what it feels like to slow down.]”

RetirementRoadster.com bets that Cooper will be back in the library soon, if not for quite so many hours per week and performing such rigorous renovations. RetirementRoadster.com is quoted as saying, “The beauty of retirement is that it’s a time to truly get back to the hobbies and activities you love. And for some lucky people, they may find they love their line of work more than they ever realized. For an avid reader and book advocate, I think it would be difficult to stay out of the library for very long. Perhaps if she is itching to get back to work but not on a full-time schedule, the library system would offer Cooper a phased retirement package, where she could scale back her hours to enjoy easing into a full retirement, but still work part-time. She gets more personal time for her hobbies but can still fulfill her passion of promoting reading to others, and the library system won’t have such big shoes to fill in a full-time replacement. Not to mention that cost effective dental insurance, affordable life insurance and affordable health insurance can be hard to come by, and being employed part-time might allow her to keep some of her benefits.”

The above-mentioned Washington Post article reports that Cooper plans to stay on with the library for several more months to forward plans on a $100 million renovation to the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, and to allow the district’s library system to secure a replacement.

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