I do not recognize if you’ll remember me. Maybe not, I should be among a lot of, old and also young, that located haven in your little, chapel-like, collection at the foot of what was ambitiously called a high road in Hetton-le-Hole, a Northumbrian mining village where all the mining tasks had been eliminated.
I don’t remember your face as plainly as I would wish, yet I do keep in mind exactly how you checked out me, and really saw me. I was nine years of ages as well as standing at your desk asking not simply for a publication but also for an escape, a path onward, for hope and an intro to the intense future I might have if I only hung on, if I really did not surrender. I remember you smiled at me comfortably, or possibly you really did not due to the fact that it was the end of the day and you were tired, yet it never actually mattered because, with you, I felt in one’s bones I was risk-free.
You were constantly there; a continuous. A kind, supportive adult in times when I had few of those, that, if I asked you a concern, would do your best to address with generosity, perseverance and sincerity. And also when I was overwhelmed and perplexed since life seemed harsher than I ‘d imagined it might be, I would go to you as well as our short communication– a single person being mild to an additional, sharing a love of publications that really felt larger than that small town with its huge troubles– would certainly maintain me going a bit much longer.
I do not recognize just how to thanks, yet I’ll try. Thank you for saving my life before I understood it needed saving. Thank you for recognizing that publications can be like medication as well as treatment, as well as while they can’t deliver you to a calmer house, they can make that home a lot more manageable. Thanks for understanding, as well, that occasionally individuals have not come for guides in all.
Now I am full-grown I understand exactly how difficult you must have worked, just how much a lot more you was worthy of to be paid. I understand that, if you’re still a librarian– I wish you are– your work has actually come to be a lot a lot more: that you’ll be aiding individuals accessibility the services they require, to obtain work and also advantages; assistance students and also brand-new mums as well as the elderly to stay linked. You will certainly have become a carer, social employee, tutor and youth worker, along with a curator. Just how lucky I was to have you. Please recognize that even as solutions are eroded and also funding is gouged, because a library’s value has been lowered to simple tramp, that you created the way for numerous of us as well as we bear in mind, we are grateful and we will fight for you and also your colleagues.
For the little girl I was and also for all the others like me for whom you supplied a hope, a publication, a guarantee of a future as well as kind words when they were required, thank you.