A Happy Landing
July 12, 2013
Words are my life. They always have been, from my days as a small-town kid waiting for the arrival of the local library bookmobile to the 3½ decades I spent as a professional journalist – the last 30 years as a sportswriter with USA TODAY.
I’ve long loved libraries, loved the quiet, reading-and-research setting, and the way today’s facilities have evolved into community activities centers. A number of times during my tenure with USA TODAY, while on the road, I would search out a local or campus library and hole up for a couple of hours or so to write a story. I did some of my best work there.
When I wrapped up my newspaper career a little less than a year ago – my last fulltime assignment was the baseball All Star Game in Kansas City – and started weighing what to do next, my thoughts naturally turned to the library. A part-time position opened up at Mid-Continent’s Excelsior Springs Branch. I jumped at it, and I’m thrilled to now call it my professional home (while continuing to do some freelance writing).
I’ve always enjoyed writing. What I’ve loved most about being a reporter, however, are the people. Meeting them, getting to know them in interviews, and then putting their stories into words. It’s the people part that I’m especially looking forward to in this job, helping patrons navigate and appreciate what, for me, remains a very special place.
Excelsior Springs Branch