November saw me celebrate 21 years in libraries with South Taranaki District Council. I started as a casual in Patea, moved to full time in Waverley, then Patea and in 2002 took on the Customer Services Librarian role for Patea and Waverley when we went “Plus” – combining council services into our libraries under new District Librarian Lynne Walker.
In that time I have married, had major surgery, completed a degree then Post Grad Diploma in Sociology, travelled to Italy to exhibit my art, done an Advanced Diploma in Art & Creativity, nursed my mother for 14 years, spoken at conferences, been Power of Attorney for a much loved Aunt who developed dementia, joined various national working groups and committees. Through it all I have had the support of my (late) mother, wonderful husband, wider family and friends, and some amazing staff and colleagues.
It is time for a change. Yesterday was my last day as CSL Patea and Waverley. I will miss direct contact with the public, miss my special customers, miss seeing teenage boys raise an eyebrow at me as they pass my desk, mumbling “S’up Miss?”.
On Monday I take over from Lynne as Libraries and Cultural Services Manager. I’ll be managing 7 libraries, the museum and arts. I know I’ll miss some of my old role but I feel ready for the challenge; both nervous and excited. Bring on the next 21 years.
Here’s what I am leaving behind: