It’s really hard to believe, but I’m getting ready to host my twelfth Ice Cream Social, and then my twelfth summer reading program. And this is the twelfth year that I’ve hosted the elementary school classes to tell them about the summer reading program. How is this possible?
As I’ve shown the classes bookplates from past summer reading programs, I’ve realized that some of those bookplate-earners are now graduated from high school…or even college. There is an entirely new generation of children coming to the children’s room, and an entirely new generation of parents who bring them to the library. Most of the parents who come in to the children’s room now are millennials; there are very few parents from my generation anymore.
I like to think that I still look the same, though. Haven’t aged a day, right? 🙂 And I’m still looking forward to summer reading, just as I did that first summer. I can’t wait to introduce the sensory playtime, and to run our cool in-house programs, including an origami open house, science playground, and tape games.
I love that my job stays relevant, fresh, and challenging from year to year, and that there is never a dull moment. And, most importantly, that it’s terrific fun working with the kids who come to the library, and getting to know their parents. What a great career I landed in!