She started at age 16 as a part-time library page, back in 1966, while she was still in high school. Now, nearly four decades later, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is bidding goodbye to Lucille M. DeFranks.
If they have long memories, some Erie County residents may remember DeFranks from the television show "Rocketship 7," on which she made guest appearances on behalf of the library system.
During her 38-year career as a librarian, DeFranks held many jobs, culminating in her current role as deputy director of the system for support services.
Members of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library board honored DeFranks on Thursday with a proclamation and a standing ovation for her years of service. Her accomplishments include helping to convert the library's old paper card catalogs into online databases.
"Without people like you, the library wouldn't be what it is," said Rebecca Mahoney, board chairwoman. "This is what makes our library strong."
DeFranks, a Town of Tonawanda resident, called the honor an "unexpected recognition." Her last day of work will be in mid-August.