So this weekend I spent much of my time preparing for a presentation that I had forgotten that I needed to give tomorrow…. Ooops… Luckily, I had actually done a bunch of research back in November before I tossed my notes in my bag and forgot about them. Given that I didn’t actually have any time to read books or write blog posts while I was working on this, I thought I’d just go ahead and share what I had been doing!
The presentation is for a group that I belong to called The Columbian Club, a local group of women that focuses on intellectual pursuits while throwing in a bit of socializing! Each year has a theme, this year’s being Creatures Great and Small, and every two weeks one of the members hosts a get together where another member makes a presentation on some aspect of the annual theme. I got assigned Animals in Animation, which was great since I am a bit of a Disney junkie! What I created was a movie presentation, so I’m going to have to point you over to YouTube for the actual presentation. I hope you enjoy!
For awhile I’ve been contemplating of finding a way to share my thoughts on books: what I’m reading, quotes that inspire me, what’s happening in the world of libraries. Today I woke up and decided I would try to put together this blog as a way of doing that. I am sure it will take me a little while to work out the kinks, so please be patient and hang in there with me!
A little about me and why I am inspired to do this. I received my BSEE from Clarkson University in 1995 and spent the next 16 years working in the engineering field. Feeling unfulfilled by my career, in 2009 I announced to my husband that I was going to go back to school to get my degree in library science. Why? Definitely not for the power or the money! 😉 I have long felt that the power of the written word to entertain, inform, educate, and inspire is immeasurable. To me, there is no greater purpose than to provide everyone with open and free access to books. There are very few things that have the same capability to change people’s lives. The greatest good that a community can provide for its citizens is to support a public library.
So began my journey. For the next two years my family would provide unwavering support as I pursued my MLIS from Drexel University while continuing my engineering career. In 2011 I received my degree and was fortunate enough to receive a position as the Director of the Sherrill-Kenwood Free Library in Sherrill, NY. The destination was worth the journey and I now spend my days pursuing my passions. This blog is my way of reaching out to an even wider audience, sharing what I love.
Why the name “Watching the Words”? It is part of a quote from what is probably my most treasured book, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. For now, all I will say about the book is that if you have not read it, you should, immediately.
As for a brief summary about me personally, I live in Canastota, NY, a small town in upstate NY in an old farmhouse. I share this life with my husband, Todd (still an engineer!), and our children William (16) and Madalyn (11). Other members of our family include a cranky cat (Jo-Jo), our protector Nala (a German Shepherd), and our newest addition Hugo (a Pug puppy). Our life here is chaotic, fun, and full. We are truly blessed.