AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Passion

19 Apr

2017atozDuring the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I chose to look at leadership qualities as I’ve just recently (within the past 6 months) become the director of my public library. We have about 50 staff members, most of whom are part-time employees serving a 30,000 resident community by providing high-quality programs and resources. Each day, I’ll look at one trait and how it’s helped me to become a better director.

I think I’ve talked about this on and off throughout this month, but passion is something that you can’t necessarily learn and is a tool that is, really and truly, beyond compare. I’ve told this story before, but it bears repeating.

I was seven years old when I first asked my hometown librarians when I could start working. Their answer, “14 years old,” which I might add is an eternity for a seven year old. Two days after my 14th birthday I started volunteering in my library (after having worked in my elementary and middle school library for years) and honestly, I’ve never looked back. I don’t remember making the conscious decision to become a librarian, it’s just what I’ve always wanted.

I hope that my staff and my community can sense my passion for this field and for what I do. I jokingly say I have very few interests outside of the library and reading, but it all honestly, it’s true – I love reading, books, blogging about books and the library. And I wouldn’t change a thing! So don’t be afraid to share your passion, you may think it’s nerdy, but it’s what makes you, you.

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8 Responses to “AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Passion”

  1. Jacqui Murray April 19, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    The librarians at my local library are amazing. They’re always patient, helpful, and problem-solvers. What a great profession.

    • literacious April 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

      Such kind words, please let them know! Because we work with the public, we tend to hear more negative comments than positive! It would most likely, make their day!

  2. Melissa Ann Paris (@magickislife) April 19, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    I would have loved to be a librarian but life lead me in another direction.

  3. Outside Perception April 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    I put in to volunteer at the library by me. Figured they cold use help on the weekends, oddly they have plenty people on the weekends.

    • literacious April 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

      That’s so interesting, but really great for your library! If you’re able to volunteer your services for marketing material or something else you could do from home on your own schedule that might work too!

  4. Beth Lapin April 20, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    I am always envious of people who know their passion, especially so early in life. It’s a wonderful view of the world.

    Affirmations for a Good Life

  5. Deborah Weber April 20, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    I love libraries and I love librarians – magical places populated by amazing people. How fun you knew your passion and beelined it there.

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