One of my most endearing and long-lasting childhood memories is sitting on my father’s lap, with my brother on the other leg, my mom nearby, as well as our gorgeous collie dog, my best friend, Beauty. My dad read — very expressively — to us. We took adventures together: Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson, and, of course, Lassie. And depending on our age and mood, Dr. Seuss and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle thrown in. Those times were filled with joy, ease, adventure, excitement, and family togetherness. I cherish those times. This began a lifelong love affair with reading for pleasure and knowledge.
I want everyone, every last person, to have the opportunities that reading/literacy afford and the doors that it opens, whether for deeply personal time for contemplation, relaxation and sheer pleasure; or for finding what your purpose is, and gaining the knowledge necessary, to find a job that fulfills you, uses your gifts and positively enhances your community; or whatever serves you to create a more complete and fulfilling life.
I love challenges, so keeping the tradition of this glorious library, that has abundantly and richly served the community for almost 29 years, alive and thriving is before me. I invite, truly invite, sitting down with you and learning what moves you, what needs this library could serve for you, what you like, what we could do better, how to outreach into the community, how to be a center of welcoming, fun, learning. Please tell me your stories, and then let’s co-create (we can’t keep the doors of a nonprofit open without your help!) new ones together. As you look back on your life, I want El Rito Library to be one of your enduring, and endearing, memories.