Today is my last day as Children’s Librarian at Marion Public Library. This is the part that makes me sad.
When we moved here almost seven years ago, the library was the first place I visited. I stopped in to ask where the post office was. I turned to go out and saw a book I’d like to check out. I turned back around, got a library card, not knowing that was only the beginning.
That summer the library saved me from loneliness. We joined the summer reading program and had a fantastic time. I got to know the librarians, and my kids and I enjoyed checking books out every week. I made friends, friends who happened to also have their kids at St. Martin. Being at the library helped me feel not so alone in a new town.
At the end of that summer, I told Dan that I would love to work at a library someday. In fact, I would love to work at the Marion library someday. Wouldn’t it be fun to be the Children’s Librarian?
In May of 2012 that dream came true. I’ve been here for almost three years, and have loved every minute of it. Reading to children, playing with them, being silly with them, singing and dancing with them–what a gift to do something I love. I’ve made so many connections and friends through this wonderful place I can’t even begin to thank everyone.
This job showed me I could be a working mom. This job gave me the opportunity to work full time and contribute to my family’s finances. This job brought out my leadership skills. This job gave me my passion for early literacy.
This job is the one thing I don’t want to leave.
One thing that is a constant in life is change. And one thing that is a constant in reading is finishing the book. Sometimes you’re disappointed when that book ends, because you would have loved to keep going–to see what the future brought for the characters. That’s how I feel about leaving the library today. There’s so many things that have been started here that I’d love to see the finish of, but my book is ending. So I have to close it, and start a new one.
I just hope it’s as good as the one I just finished.