Tuesday, February 23, 2016

How Freddy Roles

As I begin my last months before retirement, I find myself reflecting on my work, looking more carefully at each day, noticing work from a new perspective. It has been a privilege to work with dedicated people, creative people, incredibly brilliant people, but most of all, children. I have watched several families begin, grow, grow up, and start families of their own. I have been part of those lives, and believe me when I say, I take that part seriously. Sharing books, a love of reading, and creating an inviting  and comfortable atmosphere at the library is very, very important to me. I know I will be leaving my job in very capable hands. We have so many exciting new librarians in our library system and I cannot wait to watch them soar!

Freddy is our "Reading Dog" (he actually can read!). He serves the roles of comforter, listener, cuddler, and provides undivided attention for children. Jill brings Freddy every Monday for our reading program and they have quite a following. Jill is equally as wonderful as that angel of a dog, Freddy. She is such a light and really encourages and engages with children and their families. They were here at the library last night, and this morning I received this email:

Hi Georgia,
I just wanted to share with you something really wonderful that happened last night. There were a lot of families at the library last night, and it was great to see so many kids there. But something was a little different. When a child was waiting to read to Freddy, rather than just sitting and doing nothing, they picked up their books and started reading to their parent/s. And one child who read to Freddy didn't get to finish the entire book. So when her turn ended, she found a comfy corner in the library and read aloud (but quietly) to her mom and brother. It was inspiring to see the children so engaged in their books and interacting with their parents. In this day and age where kids and parents won't lift their eyes from their cell phones, iPads and video games, it was exciting to see such lively interactions. Thanks for allowing us to be part of the fun!

Isn't it great when you can actually witness something working ?