Although library page Ruth Nicol spends most of her time at work reshelving books that children pull from the stacks, co-workers said her best talent lies in how she treats people who walk through the Marysville Public Library's doors.

Although library page Ruth Nicol spends most of her time at work reshelving books that children pull from the stacks, co-workers said her best talent lies in how she treats people who walk through the Marysville Public Library's doors.

The library's staff and board honored Nicol this month as she celebrated her 90th birthday. Nicol said she has worked as a page at the library for almost 12 years.

"I was 78 when I began working here," Nicol said. "A friend of mine told me that at the time they needed someone to shelve books. I didn't know what the job would contain, but my former boss at Scotts told them I was a hard worker."

Library director Ryan McDonnell said Nicol's friendly personality makes the work setting more enjoyable for all of the library's staff.

"Ruth is one of our pages, so she is one of the individuals who is responsible for re-shelving materials and keeping them in order," McDonnell said. "She always has a smile on her face, and her work ethic and her commitment to this organization is truly an inspiration. It's great to have her here she really knows her job well, and she adapts to changes in the library unbelievably well."

Nicol said she was born and raised in the Marysville area.

"I've lived around here all my life," she said. "My parents lived in the country around Marysville. Before I came to the library I worked part-time at McCarthy's Drug Store for 10 years, and I worked 15 years for Scotts before that."

Nicol said she mostly works in the children's section at the library, and that the children make a point of speaking with her.

"I'm in the junior area, and the little ones always come up to me, they want this book or that book," she said. "They remember me. They're all very pleasant to me, and I enjoy talking to all of them."

Nicol said she has seen quite a few positive changes at the library in the past 12 years.

"They have really increased their services," she said. "The library has grown a lot in the years I've been here. In fact, my job has almost tripled since I've been here. We now have a big reading program going on for the young people, and that increases the visitors because they get excited about reading so many books."

While Nicol has had more than 10 years to watch the library grow, she has had nine decades to observe Marysville and Union County's growth. Some aspects of the community have remained the same, however, she said.

"The thing about Union County, it is the friendliness of the people here, and the small town feeling you have," she said. "But we've grown a lot too. I'm still not familiar with all of the new additions and different areas around town. But I guess that that's a good thing, because a lot of towns haven't grown."

Nicol said she was quite pleased that the library board decided to honor her for her service.

"I didn't know everyone on the board, so I was real honored to meet them all," she said.