Today is my last day working in a library. Two years ago, I accepted a position at my local, public library and was ecstatic. That word doesn’t even express how I felt when offered the position. As a little girl, the first job I ever wanted was to work in a library, surrounded by books and literature. But like all great things, this journey has come to an end as I reassessed my career and future. Having older children and one starting high school really sealed the deal to move on. My background has been in education and I’ve been working on my ESL endorsement, so with all this fresh knowledge and a lingering passion for education, saying goodbye is a bittersweet feeling.
- Not being around books all day.
- Not being in a library all day.
- Unpacking new releases and untouched books was a thrill.
- Helping to solve bookish problems, next reads, read-alikes, recommendations in person and promoting literacy was a true joy and probably a favorite of the job.
- My co-workers are some of the best people. Not seeing them everyday will be tough.
- Zero commute (15 minutes at best).
- Zero summer income.
- Leaving one of the most beautiful environments I’ve ever worked in.
- Not being around books all day. This sounds crazy right? But being a complete bookish freak and surrounded by books has been very distracting these past two years. I’m constantly looking at what I could be reading and it gives me anxiety. 🙂 Like working in a bakery (if that’s your thing). Why I’ve never worked there either.
- Walking into the library now and being able to browse and pick up a book at whim.
- Return to teaching.
- Better schedule for me and my family.
- Not working with the general public. This is tough. While there have been many great patrons who have walked through the doors, there were always those few who really made me dislike the human race as a whole.
- Excitement (and trepidation) of what my career future holds.
So no more library posts but maybe more education ones in relation to literature. I’m so excited for the summer to begin and finish up my schooling. And yes…having more time to read (for a few months at least).