Time to Say Farewell
Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. The Red Bank Public Library became my workplace and my passion in 2008 when I accepted a part-time position while pursuing my Masters in Library Science. Software consulting had been my career, and local and family history were my hobbies, so reinventing myself as a librarian was a good fit. Then suddenly, in 2014, I became the Library Director.
Being the Director of such an incredible Library has been an honor and privilege. But few people realize what it actually means to be a Director. During a historical period when the internet dominates the minds and experience of many people, providing a place of learning, of stimulation, of comfort and culture requires quite a juggling act. While the doors of the Library are open to everyone, some patrons prefer enjoying the numerous digital offerings at home. Providing displays, programs, books and movies that interest our community, challenge old concepts, and foster new ideas is just a small part of what it means to run a successful library.
Money is another key component of running a library – or rather, finding the money to run a library. The Red Bank community has been incredibly generous and supportive of its Library, and I would like to say “thank you.” As I take my leave as Director, I will remember the wonderful people that make the Library “the most remarkable place in town.”
Departing my post is made easier by two thoughts, one professional and the other quite personal. I am confident going forward that Library operations, growth, and fundraising will be guided by a carefully developed strategic plan endorsed by its Boards. And, as I look forward to retirement, I would like to share a quote from Shakespeare (As You Like It/Act II) provided by a dear friend and fellow retiree: “Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it.”