In 1994 Gehlen Palmer walked into Middletown’s Chauncey Gibson Library to get a library card, and instead walked into the job that he has held ever since. The Lake County Library was advertising for a branch manager for Middletown Library and Palmer’s experience in the book trade helped him land the job. Now on the verge of retiring, Palmer recently reflected on his association with the library.
While a student at Middletown High School in the 1960s he performed “heavy lifting” to help Skee Hamann with the library’s garden and landscaping. He remembers that in the early 1960s, the library was