Today is my last day to work for Alameda County Library. Leaving is bittersweet as most partings are. I started my career with the library almost 22 years ago, as Services as Needed Library Clerk, moved on to permanent part-time Library Clerk, then Library Assistant for many years, then finally Librarian.
My co-workers, with rare exceptions, have been loving, generous, professional, hard-working, sharing people. I consider many of them friends, and hope to keep in touch. I will miss them all. They are what made the day-to-day job not only bearable, but quite often fun! We helped each out when we were short-handed (a frequent occurrence), or needed a break or just encouragement. I have many wonderful memories of our times together.
My patrons at Fremont, Irvington and Niles have been both wonderful and difficult, but that’s what made the days interesting! I am thankful for the kindness many of them have shown me. I have enjoyed watching many kids grow up from story times to adulthood. It has been a privilege to know them and their families. And I am thankful for those who have become friends.
Now is the time for change. I want time to do more than work, go home, sleep, eat and start all over again. No more working weekends sounds like a dream to me. I don’t want to get upset all the time, dealing with administrative decisions that don’t make sense in any way, shape or form.Not to mention that they deeply hurt morale. How staff is treated DOES matter.I salute those who work so hard every day, and don’t get a lot of appreciation for all that they do. There is a lot more to library work , than just being at a desk.
Now it’s time for me to move to a new phase of my life. I have a new grandson, and more on the way. I’ll have time to do some of the things I haven’t had the time or energy to do for a long time. For the first time in many years, I’ll be a library patron, not employee. Wish me luck.