My first job was as a page at the Hennepin County Library. The less formal name was “shelver” lest you think I was paid to be a part of a book. I learned a great deal about books by putting them back on the shelf. I learned even more by working at the front desk in a small branch library, talking to patrons, discussing books, and learning how to deal calmly with irate people. A number of famous people visited the library: there are stories to tell. I received a call-back from the Library and Bridgeman’s (an ice cream parlour) on the same day when I was 16. I will forever be grateful that I took that job at the library. That’s a path I’m glad I’ve walked.
On a stormy day like this when the windows are covered with raindrops so thickly that we can’t see across the street, we take solace from music. I am particularly grateful for 2CELLOS and “Viva la Vida.” Turn your volume up. These two are such SHOWMEN!
I am grateful for librarians everywhere: in public libraries, school libraries, business libraries, church libraries, and specialty libraries. They know how to access information. They are concerned about opening the arms of the reading community to include more people. They share what they know … and they know A LOT. My thanks to every librarian who has made a difference in my life, including the librarian who helped me research “day parts” and ketchup use at fast food restaurants and the librarian who helped me find my way to the repository of the English language in Norway. Librarians are superheroes.
Have I mentioned how grateful I am for the school librarians who give their hearts, minds, creativity, and problem-solving prowess to the students in their schools? Last night we celebrated the years of librarianship Randy Klauk has provided to the elementary school students in one of the Minneapolis suburbs. From the way their books are shelved, to reading out loud dramatically, to the children who have been turned into lifelong readers, to his dedication to bringing authors in to share their work with his kids … Randy cares deeply. As he retires, we let him know how thankful we are. To all of the school librarians out there who lead children to the love of books, we admire you!