Bason retires after 30 years


Photo by: Sarah Skinner

Bason does what every librarian does, approves the material before shelfing it.

With a smile, Carolyn Bason greets hundreds of students each day into the school library with the mission of helping the young adults discover a good book.

After twelve years as a Bronco, and nearly 30 years in education, Bason retires effective Dec. 19, 2014.

“I’m going to spend more time with my grand kids, parents, and lots of time with my beloved husband,” Bason said. “I want to read more. It’ll be nice to be able to pick up a book that I’ve put in a stack and haven’t been able to read in twelve years. I’m looking forward to that a lot.”

Before becoming a librarian, Bason taught journalism in South Texas and Lewisville High School where she advised yearbook for over 25 years. It was as a librarian she joined DHS, a position which fosters a love she has had since she was a little girl.

“I spent lots of time in the library when I was a kid, and I love to read,” Bason said. “Books can take you away. You can go places all over the world, or outside of the world that you can’t experience in everyday life. It’s a good escape. I just love to read. All kinds of stories.”

It’ll be nice to be able to pick up a book that I’ve put in a stack and haven’t been able to read in twelve years,”

— librarian Carolyn Bason

In addition to her love of reading, Bason truly loves her job, which shows in the effort she has put towards developing the library over the years.

“We do a lot of different book displays to get students interested,” Bason said. “We spend a lot of time pushing books and magazines, trying to get people to read more because that’s so important. Sharing books with kids, getting to talk with them and do Reader’s Advisory, and helping them find that perfect book – that’s what makes them want to read another one.”

Bason hopes that with her efforts over the years the library has become just as influential for her students as it was for her.

“The library is a wonderful place to be,” Bason said. “It’s a welcoming place. I want kids to feel comfortable coming in and talking with the librarians, getting a book, reading it. I just hope that they’ll feel like this is a good place for them to be and that they’ll wanna keep reading, because that is so important to me.”

Bason’s retirement only reinforces the ideal: once a Bronco, always a Bronco.

“I’ll still be here in Denton,” Bason said. “I’m not going anywhere. This is home to me.”