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Leading Change

Two of our staff members attended a "Lead the Change"  professional development conference in Charleston, SC, in August.  Read as Rebecca Westfall shares her experience from that conference.  
The Importance of “Why?”
Socrates is quoted as saying, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” His phrase, “not worth living,” sounds extreme to me, but it rightly emphasizes the value of self-examination. To encourage self-examination among library leaders and library organizations, Library Journal and The BA David Company sponsored a library leadership event, Lead the Change, presented around the country in 2015.

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What's on Your List for 2015?

Preparing a list of new year resolutions is a tradition.  My list generally consists of 4 or 5 things I would like to achieve but I seldom seem to accomplish them.  Maybe that's because I'm not taking the right approach to creating my goals and defining what I need to do to accomplish them.  

So I googled "new year resolutions" to get assistance with my resolutions for 2015.  Here are a few links I located which seemed helpful.  Hope you think they are as well.

Christmas Music

There are many things I love about the Christmas season -- the lights and decorations, the scent of a fresh cut Christmas tree.  The list is endless.  The element that I really love is the music.   To quote Hans Christian Anderson "Where words fail, music speaks."  That is so true.  When I hear Christmas music, it automatically lifts my spirits and brings memories to mind of Christmases from my childhood.  Christmas is the season that some of my favorite carols are sung in church.  Music is the universal language that can transcend so many barriers.  

Blankets and Books

It's been pretty chilly but I'm not complaining.  Christmas in the South is usually hot -- shorts and t-shirts.  So it's great that the temperatures are cool enough that you at least feel like it's Christmas time.  So last evening when I glanced around our den, everyone was under a blanket (I keep my house on the cool side), two with books in hand.  I can't think of a better way to spend an evening than under a warm, cozy blanket reading a book or reading a story to someone you love.  We have lots of great titles at the library that are available for patrons to borrow.


When I think about Christmas, certain things automatically pop into my thoughts.  There are the colors of the season:  red and green with a little gold and silver thrown in; Christmas trees with colorful lights and ornaments, lots of garland with bows and white Christmas lights everywhere.   AND lastly, poinsettias which are the flower that we only see at Christmas time. Since today is National Poinsettia Day, I thought I would share a few facts about poinsettias.

The Season of Lights

One of my favorite childhood memories of Christmas is the annual car ride through all the town neighborhoods looking at the AMAZING displays of Christmas decorations each house wore for the holiday season.  Last week as I drove to the grocery store, I was saddened to see that only two homes were decorated in our neighborhood, mine and another 3 blocks down.  There's something that's just magical about Christmas lights and how they transform a house from the ordinary to the extraordinary as darkness falls.  


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