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In Conversation: Barbara McDade

As she neared the end of her undergraduate studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania 45 years ago, Barbara McDade had a pretty good idea what she was going to do with her life. She was going to attend law school. She’d be an attorney.

Period.

It didn’t turn out that way.

“I’ll tell you that sad story,” McDade, a Pennsylvania native who for the past 26 years has served as the library director at Bangor Public Library, says with a chuckle. “Well, actually it’s not a sad story. It turned out very well.”

McDade tells the tale while seated in a second-floor space at the library. This, her eyes say, is how it turned out. And this is pretty good.

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