Connecting Through Libraries

By Kathy D. 

Growing up, I cannot remember a time when I didn’t go to the library once a week with my dad. As the youngest of 5, this was our special time. I would load up the maximum number of books I could have, and start reading before we even pulled into the driveway. In elementary school, I remember getting to be a helper in the library. By middle school, I used the library because it was familiar territory, but the librarian was not friendly and students didn’t want to stay long even if they HAD to go in there. In high school, I rarely went unless I needed to for class or to cram for a test with my friends. In college, I can count on two hands the number of times I went to the library. How did I get through college?!! The books were arranged differently than what I was accustomed to and I was embarrassed to ask. However, those early connections with my dad (who became a Media Specialist) had me running back to what it could be for me and I got my masters in Library and Information Science during the first few years of marriage while stationed in Louisiana with my Navy husband. Now, I’m the middle school Media Specialist and I strive everyday to make our media center a warm, friendly, safe and helpful place to be for our students. Yes, sometimes it is a bit noisy when our huge Chess Club meets in there or our students are frantically working on their history fair and science fair projects, but it’s a vibrant energy and it’s better than the silence of no one using it. I’ve become a research instructor, technology problem solver, video producer, band-aid provider, shoe repairer, internet safety teacher, etc. Every day there’s something new…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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