Well, I forgot that today was free Slurpee day. Wanna know why? Because I’ve got a whole lotta stuff on my mind. Let’s start here…
Since the last day of school, I’ve been in the junior high library 3-4 days a week for 4-5 hours a day. I know what you’re thinking… “WHY?!” Well, as some of you may (or may not) know, I am the new RJH librarian! It’s a HUGE move for me. I’ve spent the last 18 years in the classroom. But, my love of reading and cultivating a reading atmosphere is all consuming and I needed to find a place where my sole focus is READING.
That may sound very boring to some of you… And that’s because you just never found your book. The book that speaks to you and captures your imagination and heart. The book where you relate to characters in a way you never thought possible. THE BOOK that changes the way you see the world and the people around you. George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones novels and HBO series, once said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” It’s true, friends.
So, I’ve spent the last FIVE WEEKS in the library cleaning and clearing it out. Cleaning shelves, relabeling books, painting (YES! I said painting!!), and figuring out how to change the vibe so it FEELS like a place to come and read, think, and dream about things.
My hope, of course, is that you feel the difference when you walk in. Because every single thing I’ve done to that library has been for you. No one else. Just you. Because you deserve to have a soft place to land. And read. Don’t forget about the reading part.
So, let’s begin our adventure of a thousand lives!
Yours in reading,
Ms. Sarah Donnelly