Thankful for…

Thanksgiving was last week, but there’s no wrong time to count our blessings and reflect on the things were grateful for, especially during this season of giving! Here’s a short list of some of the things I’m thankful for during the first half of my Skokie internship:

  • The welcoming nature of the librarians I work with in the cozy CE office! There’s always carts of books, puppets, backpacks, book bags, and other wonderful youth materials coming in and out, and no one blinks an eye. Everyone’s open for a quick question or feedback, and that has made me really feel like a part of the team.
  • The patrons that I get to meet when working at the Youth Services desk! With each question, I learn a little more about how the library is organized and how it operates–even if it’s just about whether the craft room door stays unlocked or not.
  • The inclusive and diverse youth collection! One of the things I strive for when picking materials for my preschool storytime, booklists, and book bags for teachers is to have an array of authors and characters. This is rarely even an issue at SPL. The youth collection is so thoughtfully put together that choosing diverse materials is a given. We are lucky to be immersed in this early in our careers, so it’s definitely something we can carry along with us.
  • That my classes at Dominican align with the things I’m working on at SPL! One of my classes is about YA materials, so it’s a breeze to check out everything I need while I’m already in the library. My other class is about serving children and youth, so I get to learn about topics, current issues, and program ideas in class, and get to apply them to my work here, and vice versa!
  • The excitement and joy of the preschool classes I’ve visited so far! When I worked in a daycare classroom, it was so special to have visitors. The kids loved it, and I always walked away with something new to try with the kids. I love that now I get to be that visitor! It’s been fun to travel around Skokie, and see the differences in each school building and school culture, and even more fun to share with the students. One class even made me this cute poster!
  • That my work here reaffirms that I’m making the right decision to start a library career. I feel like my path has been a little winding, but it’s led me to the right place. Working with other people who care about learning, education, creativity, inclusivity, and community is comforting and energizing at the same time.

I can’t believe this semester is almost over! It feels like just yesterday that we had our orientation. It’s also hard to believe how much I’ve learned in such a short time. It’s been a whirlwind!

Until next time,
Lydia R.


7 thoughts on “Thankful for…

  1. quetzallivcortez says:

    It is amazing how fast time flew! And it’s equally amazing how quickly we have been able to learn the collection, about the community, and about how public libraries serve their communities. It’ll be exciting to see what the future has in story for each of us–hopefully it’ll be as good as our time here at Skokie.

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  2. montelyd says:

    Wow! I love this!
    This semester has gone by way too quickly! The amount of experiences and exposure we’ve all been privy too in a short amount of time has really been eye opening and set the scene for our futures.
    I love coming in to the Lydia desk and seeing a sneak peak of what you have going on for the week and the super cute art you come back with. As a very outside observer, I’d say you’ve traveled the winding road well and are being welcomed to your destination!

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  3. Matt MacKellar says:

    As someone who also took that “winding road” to a library career–I got my library science degree at age 40, though I started working here at SPL in my late 20’s–I have to say, all those twists and turns end up being a key part of making you the librarian you are/are becoming! I’m continually pleased when I see the “odd” pieces of my past educational and work experience have bearing upon my present work–I think libraries are like that. It’s also nice to feel like you’ve found your home, so I’m glad you’re feeling that!

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  4. And I’m thankful for each one of your points, Lydia! You come in every day with a positive mindset and have been a huge help to our early childhood outreach and patron services. I’m grateful that you’ll be with us another four months!


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