GREEN BAY, Wis (WBAY) He's brought the joy of reading to tens of thousands of children in Brown County for more than three decades.
And today, Bookmobile Bob made his final stop.
The Brown County Library's bookmobile set up shop today right outside the main branch in downtown Green Bay.
"It was really hard driving into work today, I didn't know if I should, I was just feeling all mixed up, do I cry or do I cheer, so I guess it's going to be a little bit of both," says Bob Ripley, known throughout the county as Bookmobile Bob.
Ripley is calling it a career.
"Today will be 34 years, 6 months, 2 weeks and 2 days," says Ripley with a chuckle.
During that time, Bookmobile Bob has traveled to every corner of the county, delivering books, reading stories, and engaging with the community.
"He did it with a ton of love, a ton of enthusiasm, and I don't think that's easily replaced, what he's built is really terrific and he leaves behind a great legacy," says Sue Lagerman, Brown County Library Program Manager.
As a thank you for his passionate service, the library invited the community to stop by today and wish Bob well in his retirement.
Many of those stopping by received their first books from Bookmobile Bob, and now have children of their own.
"The greatest joy about being Bookmobile Bob is having those children come back and say do you have another book for me Bob, I really loved this, I just hope I made a difference in many, many lives," says Ripley.