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Star Volunteer

My home library branch has recognized me as a star volunteer to my Fair County. I feel very honored and also a little bit guilty. After all, I spend maybe three hours a month on the Science & Stories program and an hour doing it. Now granted, when I do a children's program I am flippin' on fire, but I'm not sure about Star Volunteer. Meteorite Volunteer seems closer.

It is a well timed distinction for my service to the library system as I am thinking of going back to it. Not that it has been a choice in the last few years, because it hasn't. The system was still in the process of layoffs or the few random openings were too far from my home. But things may be changing in the near future, and I can only hope that my years of experience, my work in children's literature, my obvious passion, and hey, even my Star Volunteer recognition can trump some adjustments I might need in scheduling.

Leaving my program today, I felt so energized. Completing a great session is such a rush for me. I remember talking to colleagues who were ready to take a nap afterwards, but I always felt charged after storytimes. It's something I've really missed about my job. Honestly, I had more energy at home when I was working than I do now and I was also forced to budget my time better.

Anyway, I don't know what will happen or when, but for today I feel a little bit like a star. How about you? What's making your day?

4 comments:

Little Willow said...

Yay! Glad that you're feeling so energized. :)

A phone call from an awesome friend made my day.

Charlotte said...

I don't know if I've ever known a Star Volunteer before! Congratulations, and good luck with the future....

(I thought at first this was perhaps a picture book, about an alturistic little star that does good in the galaxy...)

Ms. Yingling said...

You definitely deserve it, and I hope that this inspires you in a direction that makes you happy. It's always good to be recognized, so don't deny yourself the pat on the back! Good for you!

adrienne said...

Congrats on your star!

I quite agree that while sometimes storytimes leave me feeling drained, most of the time they leave me feeling like I can do anything, and like I'm going to RIGHT NOW.

The kids are on school break this week, so the children's room has been hopping all week with our usual crowd as well as kids who are often too busy to get it. It's been great fun helping them all find books and reconnecting. Really regular things like that about my job make me feel like a star all the time. Every time a kid shouts "MISS A," I'm just so pleased that they've committed my name to memory.