Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 30, 2014

Pat Smith: Honoring Lois Laskowski

Last Sunday was a special day for those attending the First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg.

At the regular church service Lois Laskowski was honored for the 35 years of service and dedication she has spent as the church librarian. It was the opportunity for members of the church to acknowledge the work Lois has done and thank her for the continued growth and popularity of the library.

It wasn’t an easy task, as Polly Matlock told the congregation, because Lois actually had to start the library. Polly told how Rock Linville, chairman of the Christian education committee at the time, asked Lois to investigate the possibility of starting a library. Polly listed the many important happenings in the news during the year of 1979. Known for her cleverness in writing minutes of the Presbyterian Women and the church’s Friendship and Talent group, she told how in 1979 the United States and China began diplomatic relations, the Today Show got a new theme song, Billy Martin was named the manager of the Oakland A’s, Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirmed that his third retirement was final – except that it wasn’t; Susan B. Anthony dollar was issued, the first US coin to honor a woman; Saddam Hussein officially became head of state in Iraq, and other events of 1979 concluding with “and Lois Laskowski agreed to be librarian for the First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg.”

Those who know Lois will agree that if she says she will tackle something it will get a vast amount of her attention. So it was that in 1979 she began the research to determine if the church would benefit from such a library. After investigating the issue she reported that indeed a library would be an asset to the members of the congregation. She has been proven correct.

The library she envisioned has grown from no books to a few books to more than 1,875 books and includes 54 VHS tapes and DVDs.

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