|Claudia Shride Race|
The last time I updated my bio grad school was my next journey. I am happy
to say I received my MLIS, with honors when I was 61. Several months
later I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but I am a very lucky
We are still in Illinois, putting up with 17 inches of standing snow and
wind-chill below 0°. Hopefully our water tables to be replenished after
a very nice year of rain and snow.
I would like to get back to my painting (watercolor and acrylic). I think
most of my supplies have dried up over the years. I have also been
dabbling with jewelry making. Writing is also in my sights so with these
few things alone, I know I will be kept busy!
I have finally retired after 37 years at the Aurora Public Library. I had
wanted to stay until 70 or 40 years of service, but politics has kept
many of us from doing what we were trained and hired to do. I hope to
start volunteering in one of the other local libraries this year. I
would also like to become involved assisting with special education
students in the local schools as I enjoyed working with them in the
library setting. I do miss helping and teaching the library patrons, but
am able to keep in contact with some of them.
My husband, Mike, “retired” 3 years ago when his job was eliminated and he
became a great cook while I continued to work. We are now great
grandparents to a charming 9 month old boy. We visited him in September
2014 just after I retired. Hopefully we can make it back to Colorado
more frequently now, but we both have problems with the high altitude
now. Mother passed away in 2009, just after she moved to Greeley to be
closer by my sister. Thank you to those of you who use to call or visit
We look forward to the WRHS Class of '65 50th reunion. It is on the
calendar! Hope to see many acquaintances in September!