Saying Goodbye to Miss Jamie
July 18, 2012
Here at Colbern Road, a very special member of our library family is retiring. Jamie Dunn, or Miss Jamie as all her storytime kids know her, is leaving at the end of July, and we will miss her immensely. In November of 1992, Jamie stopped into the Library on a whim on the first day that Colbern Road was open and asked about a job. She was interviewed on the spot and started the next day. The following week, Jamie began facilitating storytime, and she’s been doing it ever since.
Jamie hoped to be able to work with children after teaching kindergarten, and she has definitely fulfilled that goal. From family film fests to crafts to creative puppet shows, Jamie has put herself entirely into her work with our youngest customers. She is so excited to see her "kids" year after year and watch them grow as young readers. Even now, those same kids bring their own children in for storytime, and Jamie is so proud to see them take on the responsibility of teaching their children what they remember from her programs.
Jamie’s storytimes aren’t just about reading though, they’re also about learning while having fun. One of Jamie’s favorite storytime memories is of a very special guest. She remembers eight little preschoolers, sitting in chairs side by side with a 12 foot Burmese Python stretched across their laps. What a sight!
Whether through visiting snakes or finding the perfect book, we have always been able to count on Jamie for laughter and learning. She is very thankful to have worked for both Mary Celeste and Gayla Spurlock at the Colbern Road Branch, saying that she has never worked with or for nicer people. She counts herself very fortunate to have had that privilege. We feel just as honored to have had Jamie as a part of our family. She is irreplaceable and will leave us longing for just one more storytime with Miss Jamie.
What are your favorite memories about Jamie? Please share your thoughts and well wishes with us.
Colbern Road Branch