Some people think the Annoyed Librarian is too negative. You know the people I’m talking about. All those librarians who claim to hate "anonymity" when they really just hate the AL, the ones who think librarians should always put on a happy face and just direct their feet to the sunny side of the street and all that kind of thing. Let’s try a sunny, happy AL today, and see if they change their tune. Today I’m going to write like the slap-happy librarian bloggers who like to praise everything to pieces and use lots of exclamation points. If those pathetic critics don’t come out cheering, I’ll go back to being the old AL.
What did you want to be when you grew up? How many of you lucky, lucky librarians are living the life of your childhood dreams? How many of you grew up wanting to be nothing more than a librarian…um…I mean…wanting nothing more than to be a librarian? Are there any arms waving furiously out there?
Actress Jennifer Garner may be living her adult dreams as a film and television star, but when she was young, she wanted to be a librarian, as she confesses in O, the Oprah Magazine. Why on earth would she want to do that? Because when she was a child, she thought her school librarian the "most magical woman on the planet." That’s sweet. No, really, it is. Read her description of the librarian:
"She used to publish little versions of my stories, typing them on manila folders and illustrating them with pictures of me and my teddy bear: T-Bear Goes to Mars and T-Bear’s Trip to the Moon. She was my first mentor—the first person who really took an interest in me for me, which when you’re a kid is a major deal."
How many of you do that for your little patrons? Or even your big patrons? How many of you inspire your library users and help them develop a rich imaginary world? More importantly, how many of you get your picture taken with famous actresses at family gatherings and get profiled in your local newspaper when someone mentions you to Oprah? Not many, I’d bet!
So the happy, feel good questions of the day are: What did you want to be when you grew up? and, much more importantly, What are you doing to inspire the young ones to want to grow up and be a librarian just like you?
I’m not writing much today, because I’m going to spend the rest of the day communing with my inner librarian to figure out how to make my outer librarian as magical and inspirational as possible. Classes begin very soon, and I want all the little kiddies on campus to dream of being librarians when they grow up. Of course, I work at a university, and the kiddies are already more or less grown up, but as we know from experience, it’s never too late to want to be a librarian!
Everyone take care, God bless, and go out and be inspirational!
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