In these troubled times, libraries are a beacon on the road to a better world. Those of us who have always loved libraries recognize, now more than ever, how important they are in the bigger scheme of things. Perhaps they are one of the most valuable community assets we possess.
Libraries are not just buildings or books or technology. They and the people who work there are a guardian of our history and an inspiration for our future. Libraries help people grow and become who they are meant to be.
The library I have been blogging about is at a crossroad. The administration can continue to disregard the rights of the staff or they can display enlightened leadership. They can acknowledge that they don't have all the answers and that even the frumpiest of their staff can make a valuable contribution.
I trust that the dedicated volunteers who make up the board of trustees realize they hold the future of the staff and this amazing library system in their hands. I hope they will listen to those of us who call them to action. It is not that anyone in the administration is a bad person - it is that they are not responding with integrity and compassion to their highly qualified staff and this has created a toxic environment.
Unless something unexpected happens, this will be my last post about this great library. Never forget - what matters most in life are the people we meet and how we treat them. Success isn't about levies or salaries or the attention we receive for our accomplishments. It is about how just and compassionate we are along the way.
DottieMae wishes y'all well.