Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney tells the story of a young woman who set out to do three things in life:
1. Travel to faraway places
2. Come home and live by the sea
3. Make the world more beautiful
The book is a childhood favorite of mine and I took the advice to heart.
1. Traveling has always been a passion of mine. I spent a year studying abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain a few years ago and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I was completely outside my comfort zone, but I learned to adapt (to eating differently, speaking a new language 24/7 and staying out late) and grew exponentially as a result. I see traveling as the opportunity to see the world from another perspective.
2. I now live in beautiful Downeast Maine (where I grew up). Many tourists who visit Maine during the summer see it as the perfect location. There are many aspects of life here that I thoroughly enjoy, and most of them take place during the summer months. Nothing beats going for hikes on secluded trails or lying on the beach to watch a meteor shower. Winter is another story. Maine is known for its brutal winters. After the chaos of the holidays, cabin fever becomes inevitable. It is highly recommended to follow the first piece of advice mentioned here to cure the winter blues.
3. Like Miss Rumphius, I am sometimes unsure of how to make the world more beautiful. I never thought that I would end up working in a library, but in retrospect, it makes perfect sense. I have always loved reading and libraries. Working in the Children’s Department combines my love of all things literary with the opportunity to work with kids. I hope that I can leave the world a little better than I found it by working in this field.
Now, for the purpose of this blog:
I plan to use this blog to share my thoughts and ideas about library programs and book reviews. I have learned so much about the world of libraries through reading blogs, and I hope that mine will be helpful to someone. I still try to follow the three life goals of Miss Rumphius, and so there may be posts related to Maine or traveling to faraway places in addition to all thing library related. I should mention that this blog reflects my own personal opinions and not those of my library.