Stevens says farewell to community
BY STEPH STEVENS
former lake mills library director
How does one say goodbye? I’m not very good at it, but below are a few words I want to share with you, as I move onto a new adventure.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have my dream job for the last two-and-half years as your Director of the Lake Mills Public Library. I’ll be leaving with fond memories and a sense of accomplishment. I’ve made too many memories to list them all, but a few of my favorites include a Fancy Nancy Tea party, a random e-mail concerning a violin which turned into a fascinating story, and the library sleepover, which proved I could still pull an all-nighter.
My staff have been my rocks throughout this journey as Library Director. They became my second family; to each of you, I owe more than I can put into words. To Ruth, whose knowledge of books I’m jealous of every day—I’ll miss our book report sessions. To Betty, who leads story time with her heart—I’ll miss our Monday morning check-ins. To Dwight, who went along with every one of my children’s events and never batted an eye—I’ll miss your friendly smile. To Cathy, who kept the library clean, which is no easy feat when I’m in charge—I’ll miss your energy. To Jill, who learned to be crafty and secretly enjoyed it just a little—I’ll miss our brainstorming sessions.
I also need to acknowledge the library board members, past and present, who supported and encouraged me every step of the way. They stepped up in every way possible and made my job easy.
My family, likewise deserves a big shout out, as they were my guinea pigs on more than one project and listened to me talk library. You are my heart, Brandon, Bailey, and Benjamin, and unfortunately for you, I will probably still talk library.
And lastly, but certainly not least, is YOU. You have made my time here fun, uplifting, rewarding, challenging, educational, and simply the BEST. If you came to the library once or daily, you made an impact on me. I will remember each of you fondly and you can be sure you have a piece of my heart. I can definitely say I’m leaving with a full-heart and a lifetime of gratitude for each of you.
To end, I want to do a special “did you know about the new Director Jaci Olson?” Jaci comes to town from the Twin Cities, but grew up in Pomeroy, a small town near Fort Dodge. She is a twin—talk about a great conversation starter—and also has a younger brother. She enjoys yoga, music, and reading, so feel free to ask her about her favorite book or that new book smell. I think it’s safe to say she loves libraries as much as I do and it will show in how she leads the Lake Mills Public Library as it’s new director. Good luck, Jaci, and you can count on me being your biggest cheerleader—well besides your mom.