If you have ever been last in line at a potluck supper, did you worry about whether or not there would be something left for you? If you were first in line were you giddy with the choices in front of you? Have you ever been a little confused taking over a project that someone else started? How many times have you wondered if the decision you made about some event was the correct one to make?

All of those feelings are hitting me and the library staff right now in varying degrees. This is the last article I am writing for Schuyler Public Library and it is a little tough to do so. I have been doing this for 16 years and some weeks it has been a lot easier than others.

I looked back at the first article I wrote here and found that I introduced myself, mentioned a special meeting with Nebraska Library Commission representatives here at the library, and gave you a short book review. I don’t think it was too hard to write.

I’ve been so happy to tell you about wonderful things that have happened at the library. It’s been great to talk about good things the staff has accomplished and introduce you to interns and new employees. It has been wonderful to tell you about special activities, recommend good books and share Schuyler’s good news.

I remember writing about the book “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and how that article practically wrote itself. I remember how each spring I waited for the trees to bloom gloriously on Colfax Street and how I usually had to mention that in a newspaper article. I remember writing about the book “Marley and Me” and how I received more comments from people on that article than on any other I can recall. I remember telling you about grant funds that we have received for special projects.

I remember giving beginning computer classes and being thrilled with the patrons who were excited to learn how to begin a Word document, how to use facebook and how to email their grandchildren stationed overseas. It has always been enjoyable helping library users find the perfect book to read or audio for their listening pleasure.

I won’t say it has always been peaches and cream, because in all professions there are challenges along the way, but it is hard to leave behind the events that have been delightful successes, and the projects that have not yet come to fruition.

We all find times when we have to move on in life. We are in need of new challenges, it is time to take a break or new opportunities present themselves. We can relish our thoughts of good times past and hopefully contribute in other ways in the future.

Thanks for letting me work with you and for you these past 16 years. It’s been a pleasure and there will always be a place in my heart for the wonderful people of Schuyler.

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