by Miss Amanda
When Miss Britney asked me why I wanted to work at the library, I told her I just wanted to be “Miss Amanda from the Library”.
I spent several years working in childcare and teaching Preschool. I was already known as Miss Amanda. I had built lifelong relationships with so many kids and families in our community. I knew that working at the library would allow me to reach more of the community, meet new kids, new families, and build new relationships. But would I still be Miss Amanda? Would they be excited to see me outside of work? Would I still get invited to school events and sporting events? Would people still want to share their lives with me?
The worry didn’t last long. It only took about a week for me to start building relationships within the library. Littles run to give me hugs at story time and share their own stories with me. My beloved tweens run in after school to fill me on in on their daily adventures. Kids get excited to see me in their schools and in the grocery store. I’ve been invited to basketball games and school plays. I’ve dried tears, laughed uncontrollably, and celebrated small victories. In my short time at the library, I have already made so many new connections. Every day I am thankful for the opportunity to be where I am. I can now proudly say that I am Miss Amanda from the Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library.