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Nancy Hemmingway, who co-founded the Dance Palace, has worked as the head Inverness librarian for 42 years. She will retire at the end of March, saying goodbye to a life centered around books and their readers—into whose personalities she was afforded a unique glimpse. David Briggs

Nancy Hemmingway has been the Inverness librarian longer than the Inverness library has been at its current location. After 42 years tending the community’s books and readers, she will be retiring at the end of this month.

“She’s devoted more than half her life to this community, in more ways than one,” said Bonny White, the library’s . . .

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