I’ve taken that Alfred Tennyson quote out of context, but it sums up well what I’ve been feeling for a few weeks. For over three and a half years, I have been the branch librarian at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. However, I have made the decision to accept a job in Virginia and will be leaving Fontana Regional Library. It was an extremely hard decision to make, but one that I felt I had to make due to personal circumstances.
Now before I need to bust out the tissue box, let me tackle one last subject: goodbyes, farewells, auf wiedersehens, and goodnights.
Chris Raschka’s illustrations for The Hello, Goodbye Window (written by Norton Juster) won the Caldecott medal in 2006. In it, a little girl peeps through her grandma and grandpa’s window to say, well, hello and goodbye. The vibrant, almost messy colors depict poignant scenes, including the one where the girl’s parents come to pick her up and she must say goodbye to her grandparents:
You can be happy and sad at the same time, you know. It just happens that way sometimes.
The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff depicts a more dramatic separation. Young Pell flees her town and family on the eve of her wedding. She struggles to find her way and define herself in a countryside that looks down upon her for being a single woman out on her own. For a book that takes place solidly in the real world (no fantasy here), there was almost something ethereal or magic-like about it. Rosoff’s style seemed to build off of the best fairy tale and folk traditions to create a new narrative that seems familiar without being cliche.
With Fontana Regional Library’s subscription to Byki, you can learn how to say goodbye in over 70 languages. For free. (I also now know how to say “I’m sorry,” and “Where is the bathroom?” in Polish.) Call your local library for more information about signing up for a free Byki account!
Taking this one a little less literally, a good night for me would replicate one from my childhood: sitting out watching a meteor shower with my family late into a summer night. For those of you who can’t wait to skywatch until warm weather and a meteor shower coincide, you might want to check out this great astronomical atlas called The Night Sky: Month by Month by Will Gater. It features illustrations of stars, prominent constellations, and meteor showers for each month between 2010 and 2019. That should hold you awhile.
And with that, what can I say about my time at Fontana? A new librarian couldn’t have asked for a better way to start her career. My deepest thanks to the entire FRL staff, the Cashiers community, and considering this venue, my fellow FRL bloggers. Come May 20th, I will be gone with a cloud in my heart.