The Joy of Something New

by Janelle

There are new colors on the tree leaves. Green is giving way to bright yellow, fiery orange, and deep crimson. Every season announces itself in a unique way, and fall at the riverside Belding library is breathtaking. New colors burst around it every day. Are you a seasoned patron of the library, or are you brand new?

I’m new! At least, as a worker, I am new. I had volunteered (and had an amazing time!) at the library for WordCamp this summer and I’d visited the library on a weekly basis for a long time. But now, I have the privilege of co-directing the youth services programming with my fabulous partner in not-crime Olivia Carlson, under the headship of our fearless leader Britney Dillon. Everything feels wonderful and new.

New things can be a little scary. If you’ve never set foot in our library, it may be daunting. You’re literally stepping into a place where over 100 years of history is meeting 2018 reality. The door frames, the fixtures, and even some photographs have stood the test of time behind the library’s columned entrance. Concurrently, our new addition is bright and beautiful with huge picture windows that overlook the Flat River, and there are many engaging activities for kids.

As I’m learning the ropes (and books) here, I’m discovering amazing things I never knew about the library. Not only do we carry books on CD, we also have CD players available for patrons to check out if they don’t have one at home! There are fun Early Literacy stations with unusual activities for kids to try with books – have you ever driven a school bus over the words on the page of a book? It’s fantastic.

The greatest joy of being a new children’s librarian is meeting the kids who come through our doors. They are unique, wonderful, and full of wonder. A library is a great place to be full of wonder. I can’t wait to meet more children at our programs and everyday fun activities/happenings at the library.

If you’re new, you won’t be new for long with this bunch. The entire staff at the Belding library is amazing. We’re excited to see you, happy to help out, and seriously patient with newbies (I know from personal experience!) Come on in and get connected! Who knows where your new experience here will take you to next.

 

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