Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Only Connect!

Monica LaVold is the new youth services librarian in River Falls.  What she learned this summer is something that everyone needs of a reminder of, in the midst of all the programs and logistics and performers and wild-craziness.  Here's what she says:

"My main observation is that one of the most important thing we do is simply to be present. By "present" I guess I mean more than simply sitting at my desk in the children's area. I have had both parents and children actually stop me and comment that it is so wonderful that I make an attempt to learn names and make connections with the kids. I have SO much to learn, particularly with programs and story times and putting together successful events, but I think I would call my first summer a success - mostly because I tried to be present, enthusiastic, and passionate about the library and the kids that I can reach."

No matter how your programs went, hopefully you all had some great opportunities to connect with kids, teens, and families this summer!


Marge Loch-Wouters said...

Monica has the secret. Summer needs to fun for kids and staff. Too many widgets, too many requirements and everybody burns out. I love her commitment to being "present". It's key!

Kristin said...

I love learning new things especially from a newbie. *waving HI to Monica*
Thank you for this reminder. I needed it.