High school library named for beloved educator

By Daniel Dunkle | Mar 28, 2014
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Bill Harjula pulls down the covering revealing the new plaque in memory of his late wife, Becky J. Harjula, March 27 at the Oceanside High School East library. The library has been named in Becky Harjula's honor.

Rockland — Friends, family and fellow educators honored Becky J. Harjula Thursday, March 27 by renaming the library at Oceanside High School East in her memory.

Harjula died unexpectedly in November, having worked at the school for 11 years. She is remembered for her work with students in the library.

The event drew a strong turnout of friends, family members, fellow educators and members of Harjula's church.

After a few words from her husband, Bill Harjula of South Thomaston as well as Principal Tom Forti and Pastor Paul Munro of Owls Head Baptist Church, the new plaque was unveiled over the door to the library, naming it the "Becky J. Harjula Memorial Library."

Bill Harjula said that over the years, he saw a transformation in the library from offering only books to a multifaceted learning area offering training in computer technology and other media.

"I know that Becky was willing to do everything asked of her, but she was also ready and willing to make every effort to help a person find whatever it was in life they were looking for, whether in the library or beyond its walls," he said. "She would be humbled at this honor, just as all the family is, but in a much bigger sense she would be pleased to know that in some small way at least, she was able to instill in people a greater desire to learn. Her wish would be that that desire never fades, and that libraries will always have a place in people's lives."

Forti thanked Mid-Coast School of Technology for the plaque.

The Owls Head Baptist Church gave a gift of some framed scenic photos that Harjula had taken.

Refreshments were served at the event.

Courier-Gazette Editor Daniel Dunkle can be reached at ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com or 594-4401 ext. 122.

Becky J. Harjula died unexpectedly in November. She worked for 11 years in the Rockland high school library as an education technician. (Source: File photo)
This plaque was provided by the Mid-Coast School of Technology. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Bill Harjula spoke about his late wife during the event March 27 at the high school. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
An event to honor the memory of Becky J. Harjula and rename the Oceanside High School East library for her drew a strong turnout March 27. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 29, 2014 15:32

Such a great honor for one who justly and lovingly deserved it. 

Becky lived her faith with joy and love of God in her heart and all she put into her family and work.

It was a great privilege to work with and to know Becky.

Blessings and love to the family

Mary "Mickey"  McKeever



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Mar 29, 2014 06:31

A wonderful tribute for a lady who saw the best in everyone and lived "They will know you are Christians by your love, one for another.".



Posted by: Barbara A Stewart | Mar 28, 2014 16:50

I can't think of a more appropriate place to memorialize Becky than the library that she worked in and loved so much.  Good choice!

 



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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.

 

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