November 23 Newspaper Column

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We have so many things to be thankful for this year, and since I sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day running of things, I thought I should take a step back and share a few of them with you in this week’s column.

First, I am thankful that as we head into the holidays everyone on staff is doing well. That wasn’t the case at the beginning of the year, so I am thankful for health restored to the people I work with daily. They are an amazing group of coworkers that I am also blessed to call friends.

I am thankful for our new meeting space in the lower level. It is beautiful and functional and it is soooo nice to have a dedicated space for larger programs. Since opening in mid-February, we have held 55 programs in the new space, attended by nearly 1800 people. That is a lot of tables and chairs that I didn’t have to move from in front of the fireplace, for which I am very grateful.

I am thankful for the library board and the Friends and our Foundation. All these folks work hard to keep the library running well and serving community needs. Our elected officials, too, deserve thanks. Just last week the budgets were passed, allowing the library to continue to serve the greater Green Lake area with books, movies, programs, and services through 2018 and beyond.

I am thankful for the help consistently shown by Glen McCarty and his Public Works employees. From investigating leaks to unloading a truck full of furniture, Glen and his guys helped us out on many occasions this year.

We have had an amazing array of presenters at our programs this year – some of the best of whom spoke for free! The UW-Extension, Ripon College, and UW-Oshkosh were all well represented and well received this year. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources programs drew amazing numbers of folks of all ages to hear about everything from turtles to bats to wolves. The dedicated folks at Operation Migration were here for a couple of programs in late summer and fall, shedding light on their ongoing efforts to establish an eastern migrating flock of whooping cranes. There were many others over the course of the past year who likewise worked for a couple of brownies or a cup of coffee and a doughnut. I am grateful for each and every one.

Most importantly, I am thankful to all the people who checked out a book or a movie, who came to a program, who stopped in to read a magazine, or who just sent good thoughts our way this year. The library exists for you and because of you. We appreciate your support, welcome your suggestions, and hope to keep doing this for many years to come. See you this weekend!