Remembering My Library
October 13, 2010
Whenever I remember my small hometown library, I remember a lovely, two-story, Greek revival, white terra cotta, stone building built at the turn of the Twentieth Century. It was like going back in time, and it stirred the imagination. Until I got my driver’s license, I waited for my ride home after school at this fascinating building. The librarians were always willing to help me find anything I needed. Their suggestions led me to read books I would never have found on my own. They also seemed as happy as I was to find any material I was asking about. Even the chess club from another high school found a home there.
I know computer access has changed some interactions between librarians and customers, but the attitude of those caring, non-judgmental librarians is still visible in the people that I work with at our branch. I know it can be seen in Mid-Continent librarians throughout our system. I am so proud to work for MCPL. Special seminars, such as our yearly in-service day for all employees, classes, monthly database questionnaires, and constant communication from HQ regarding new changes and updates all show how highly the administrators value their employees. I feel so fortunate to be an employee of MCPL. I can only hope that I can come close to being the kind of librarian I still hold in some of my fondest memories.