I would be lying if I said every day working in a library is the best day. Public service can be hard. "Peoples is peoples," as the wise Pete from The Muppets Take Manhattan would say. And to be honest, this week was one of those weeks - the kind of weeks that leave you wanting to crawl under the covers and wake up next May. The teen were restless, and disrespectful, and crude, and stubbornly offensive, and messy. It was hard.
But then this happened, because I would lying if I said that every day working in a library isn't the best day. Especially when you work in an organization that lifts you up in those hard moments, supports you through the tears, and believes that what you do makes a difference even when you can't see it yourself.
It's a sappy way to tell you that I totally got to hang out with Maggie Stiefvater yesterday. After a random email from a booking agency, my administration believed that we could make something good happen with an author event in a community that's not really known for having big, LOUD, book lovers. And we did. And it was fun. And she was awesome. And I totally, pretty much, kind of kept my cool. And after a long, hard week, I got to end with a smile (which is kind of obvious in the pictures below.) So a HUGE thank you to Maggie for braving the Indiana cold for her last stop of the year. And an even bigger than HUGE thank you to the Friends of Greenwood Public Library for making the evening happen and for their support and awesome cheerleading.
I can't wait to make our "Reading Revolution" a reality and create opportunities to talk books here, there, and everyone around our city. This is just a start. Kind of an awesome start. I mean, I'm not quite sure how it gets better than Maggie Stiefvater. She's a pretty nifty human being.
|A captivated audience.|
|Because a girl can only stay "normal" for so long.|