At the Library
Here it is: the final days. It’s been sleepless nights, nerves galore, and brewing anticipation, with packed boxes stacked in my bedroom and packing tape rolls scattered throughout the house (so there’s always one at hand when I need it). It’s all I’ve been thinking about and, much to the agitation of those around me, all I can talk about.
3…2…1…blast-off. Here I go.
I can’t imagine where I would be now without my job at the library. Not everyone gets to do what they love in high school, and I’m grateful that I got the chance to test out a career of which I’ve grown so fond.
This job, as literally as could be, forced me out of my shell and created a new comfort zone for me as I called strangers on the phone, started conversations with, “Is there anything I can help you with?” and did my best not to create blips for my coworkers and superiors.
The patrons of Washington Public Library had the pleasure of watching it all happen. I transformed from who I was to who I am. Had I not taken the opportunity to work at the library, I would still be that shy little girl who blushed whenever she was called on in class.
As I’m training new pages, it’s finally hitting me. Soon I won’t be here every day to answer LeAnn’s technical questions and breathe in the smell of fragile-paged books.
This isn’t the very end. There will hopefully be lots of smiling faces to welcome me back to the library on holidays and summers. I hope to see you all then, and until that time keep reading.
The following new materials are available at the Washington Public Library.
Gifts & Memorials
Pete the Cat & the New Guy by James Dean, Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox, Me & My Big Mouse by Ethan Long, Otis and Scarecrow by Loren Long, You Make Me Smile by Layn Marlow, & Pardon Me! by Daniel Miyares given in memory of Bob Fritz by his family & friends
You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang & Peggy by Anna Walker given in memory of Joy Batterson by Wallace Fairchild & Susan Fairchild-Ricchio
The Basketball Book donated by the Washington State Bank in honor of 2014 Citizenship Award winner Brennan Horak
Ding: The Life of Jay Norwood Darling by David L. Lendt donated to inspire future generations to continue to conserve and care for the Lake Darling watershed and Lake Darling State Park from the Brighton Chamber of Commerce
Reflections on the Teachings of Maharishi by John Hornburg donated by the author
The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry, Mean Streak by Sandra Brown, Driving With the Top Down by Beth Harbison, Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger, The House of Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey, Love Letters by Debbie Macomber, Designated Daughter by Margaret Maron, Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough, Haunted by Randy Wayne White, The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
Large Print Fiction
Mean Streak by Sandra Brown, Remains of Innocence by J. A. Jance, Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
The Slave Next Door by Kevin Bales, Ms. American Pie by Beth Howard, A Ding Darling Sampler by Christopher D. Koss, J. N. "Ding" Darling's Conservation and Wildlife, Cartoons by Christopher D. Koss, A Cruel and Shocking Act by Philip Shenon
Young Adult Nonfiction
Say I Love You v. 2 by Kanae Hazuki, Percy's Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff, Dark Waters by Christopher Holt, Journey's End by Christopher Holt, The Long Road by Christopher Holt, The Vanishing by Christopher Holt, Memory Maze by Gordon Korman, Judy Moody: Mood Martian by Megan McDonald
Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffery Brown, Vader's Little Princess by Jeffery Brown, Mythbusters Science Fair Book by Samantha Margles, The Boxcar Children Guide to Adventure by Gertrude Chandler Warner