Elk River librarian is ‘Good Neighbor’

Click here to read an archived story about Mick Stoffers.

Mick Stoffers of the Elk River Library is WCCO Radio’s Good Neighbor today (Wednesday, Oct. 10.)

The Good Neighbor is recognized at 7:52 a.m., 12:40 p.m.,

and 5:50 p.m.on WCCO 830AM radio.

Mick Stoffers

Here’s what her nomination had to say about the long-time librarian.

“Responsible, dedicated, patient, kind, empowering, hilarious and best of the best.  These are words the staff at the Elk River Public Library use to describe Stoffers, their branch manager who is retiring after 27 years.

Stoffers grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota.  She loved spending her childhood in a small town community, spending every weekend with her various aunts, uncles and cousins.

As a child she loved reading and her favorite series was the “Little House on Prairie” books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially the ones that took place in Minnesota.

She first met her husband, Steve, when they were both working at the Green Giant Canning factory and they have raised four children.  After graduating with a degree in elementary education from St. Cloud State University, she became the librarian at the public library in Lake Lillian, Minn.

Mick and Steve eventually moved to Elk River and she began working at the Elk River Public Library in 1985, becoming the branch manager in 1987.  During these 27 years Mick has consistently been a warm and welcoming presence to generations of children and adults, many of whom have been coming in to visit during her last month at the library.  Everyone who has worked with Mick has been touched by her dedication to work and her compassion for people.  As one staff member said, ‘In the world of libraries, Mick is a best seller.'”