[I am on hold with American Airlines. Perfect opportunity to update the blog!]
[Note once again: if you comment on this or any post, I will donate $1 to my local, recently flooded library! I’ve got something like 20 comments so far–I hope you’ll take me up to my goal of $40!]
So I’m participating in the Library-Loving Blog Challenge, started by fellow Tenner Jennifer Hubbard. I talked in an earlier post about how libraries are helpful to me, but now I’d like to talk about how librarians are helpful to the community. (Sorry if I sound a little like a game-show host. Blame the hold music.)
One of my part-time gigs is working at an after-school program housed in a Louisville library. The librarians have enough to do keeping up circulation and helping people use the computers, but they’re always extra friendly and helpful to our program. One of them volunteered to come and do story hour with us once a month (yes! 20 minutes I’m not in charge of!), and the other is On Top Of It when it comes to making sure the space-sharing goes smoothly. Another group has been in there before ours recently, and she routinely comes down to ensure that the transition is going as scheduled. She doesn’t have to do this–there’s a steep flight of stairs involved–but she always does.
Before I took this job, I never realized the extent to which libraries aren’t just book houses and computer stations, but community centers as well. The local hospital comes by to provide free health checks and information in the lobby. AARP runs tax consultation sessions. And hello–we’re there with our elementary-schoolers who take forever in the bathroom! There are probably a million other partnering organizations I’m not aware of because I’m only there a few hours a week.
In and among all this, the librarians I work with always make me laugh and help me feel welcome. So thank you, Miss S and Miss R (I will spell out your names if you give me permission next week), for providing such a resource to our entire community. And please note that I do my best to get those kids out of the bathroom!