But the move to the current building was a milestone, Hughes said.

"It represented a momentous change in library service for the people of Arbutus," he said.

The current facility is more than 9,000 square feet larger than the previous one, and the new facility's collection is 21,000 items larger than before.

"The transition from one to the other had to occur and a whole new modus operandi at the new branch for the larger size, the greater access to the public, the greater collection, everything in terms of library management had to be adjusted to fit all those things," Hughes said.

Ross said she thinks the library will be just fine without her, under the management of Robert Maranto, an Arbutus resident who will take over as branch manager, and that she is looking forward to the extra free time.

"The first goal would be better health, (and to) exercise," Ross said of her retirement. "And the other, to get together with people more because when you work full-time, you just don't have as much time."

She and her husband would like to plan more visits to see their sons on the West Coast. Jonathan Ross lives in Los Angeles. David Ross; his wife; and their two children, 5-year-old Joe and 21-month-old Ellie, live in Redmond, Wash.

"They're products of Baltimore County schools, but they ended up on the West Coast," Ross said of her sons. "We get together (now), but I hope that we can add another visit or two (each year) because my schedule has been cleared up.

"And then, who knows?" she said. "I'm looking forward to having the time to do the things that I haven't had time to do."

The most important of those things?

"Lots more reading," she said.