Remember that time I left Troy, NH and traveled to all 50 states and then got a job as the Assistant Branch Manager at the Reston Regional Library in VA? Well, things are a-changing again (kinda). Beginning on November 27th, I will be the director of the Gay-Kimball Library in Troy, NH.
I know, I know. I am nearly as surprised as you. There are many, many things I adore about working in Reston – the staff, the diversity, how I never know what each day will bring plus being near friends and family. I am amazed at how much I’ve learned since I started. And how much I’ve grown professionally plus the sheer amount of new experiences (not to mention meetings). But, I sure do miss ordering books, working directly with the elementary school, and decision making with the Board of Trustees. So when the opportunity to return (Congratulations on your new position Stephanie!) to GKL I said “Naw”. But two months later, when the opportunity was still there, I thought long and hard about it and said, “Yes, that now sounds like a good idea.”. (Deciding to give up an apartment with a dedicated garage spot is no easy thing even in VA.)
I plan on spending the month of October eating a ton of ethnic foods, going to Smithsonian museums and seeing stuff I’ve been meaning to but haven’t yet (I hear historic Leesburg is lovely). As I pack up my things again, I already have an ongoing list of thoughts and ideas that I will be bringing to GKL. I am excited not to start where I left off, but to work with what’s been done in my absence and to grow GLK even more into a space that the community wants and needs.
“All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change.”
― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower