A Library Changed My Life

By Martha V. 

I started working part-time in a very small (one-person) public library when my children were small. I hadn’t finished an even two-year college degree but the library didn’t require a degree. I loved working in the library, teaching people of all ages about the library and learning something new every day myself. I met two women at a state library conference who were school librarians and after talking things over with them, decided on my path. I would train as a teacher and then a school librarian. I was lucky to have a fellowship (through my state) available to help pay for my graduate studies. I learned about the fellowship at my public library. I have fulfilled my dream of becoming a school librarian. For the past twenty-three years, I have worked to show children the fun of reading, the information they can learn, and the way they can change their lives through libraries.

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