March 21, 2011
Working at a library has been a rewarding experience. I frequently have customers express their appreciation and love of the library. That expression of appreciation was heightened for me at the North Kansas City Snake Parade.
When one of my co-workers suggested that we serve as volunteers from the Red Bridge branch to participate in the parade, I was up for an event of fun with co-workers. After waiting an hour for the parade to begin, I looked forward to seeing a few people and enjoying a walk through the downtown area of North Kansas City. What a surprise I had as we rounded the corner to the main parade route and saw a capacity crowd filling the sidewalks and spilling onto the streets.
The next surprise came as the Mid-Continent Public Library staff (some pushing book carts, some carrying banners, some carrying giant books and some waving streamers) were greeted with loud cheers from the crowd. Interspersed among the cheers were smiles and waves from appreciative customers. Frequently, I heard comments like, "I love our library", "I love your books", "Thank you for letting us use the computers", or "I love to read". I am sure there were other comments I missed, but the responses I saw and heard along that parade route made me realize again what a great place the library is for employees and customers. It was a great day for a parade, and a great opportunity to see Mid-Continent Library customers and hear again their appreciation and love for the library.
Red Bridge Branch