Look who's turning one!
I'm not sure if I've shared this tidbit with you before (it's been a long year), but when I was a little kid, I used to say that I wanted to be a "Rock 'n' Roll librarian." This was (what I thought was at the time) the ingenious idea of loaning people CDs instead of books. I wanted to work at a "library" with Tom Petty playing through the speakers and tons of people rifling through an endless collection of music from all genres. I guess I ignored the fact that, maybe minus the Tom Petty, this already happened at libraries on a daily basis. Not only that, but this innovative career already existed in the form of record stores owners, only they actually sold their wares for profit. I wasn't in it for the money, I just wanted to share good music with good people.
That desire to share something important to me with others has manifested itself into my career choice more than two decades later. But as a librarian you do much more than loan people books and CDs. Librarians share access to ideas. They give you their time and they offer you their expertise. And to my younger self's joy, I am sure, they do this for no charge.
I went from alphabetizing my childhood bookshelf — homemade spine labels and all — to getting to do that and so much more at an actual library. I went from reading aloud to my parents to reading stories for an entire room full of eager children at storytime. And now I'm well on my way from wanting to become a Rock 'n' Roll librarian to actually becoming the real thing.
I am so thankful for a great first year of blogging. I appreciate all of you who have taken the time to read along with me on this journey. So happy first birthday, Tessa Fox Reads! Bring on the terrible twos!