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Nearly 80 years after assuming the juvenile librarian position, Martha Vaerst was recognized for her pioneer role at the Park Rapids Area Library. She earned $6 per month while studying to become a teacher. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Area library celebrates 100 years of reading

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Local dignitaries, librarians, Friends of the Library and patrons gathered Wednesday to commemorate the Park Rapids Area Library's century of enhancing literacy.

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Another (almost) centenarian sat in the audience, receiving a round of applause for her historical role at the library.

Longtime Park Rapids resident Martha Wade Vaerst, 97, was recognized as the first to serve as a juvenile section librarian in 1931, earning $6 a month ("not a week!" she corrected).

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