I have a friend who always reads his horoscope a day late just to see if he can glean any meaning from yesterday. I’m not an especially superstitious person, but as we approach the end of the year, I thought we should look backward for some insight.
According the Chinese calendar, the year of the Rooster started on January 28, 2017. Rooster years are associated with confidence, optimism and demands. That fits with the year the library has had.
We’ve made positive changes to policies, including going fine free and making all library property tobacco free. We’ve added a meeting room at the Bainbridge library and re-vamped several spaces around the county. Our staff are shipshape and our services and programs are robust.
But the past few months have been demanding, too. Since I started at the library in February, we’ve faced more budget hurdles (though not as bad as years past). We have had building challenges, from leaky roofs to a new elevator. It has been a year of revamping and repairing. In balance, though, we continue to be confidently optimistic.
2018 is the year of the Dog and that, apparently, is a time to consolidate achievements and renew goals. We’re looking forward to it and are already drawing up plans. Keep an eye out for our Annual Report in early 2018 so we can really crow about all of our recent achievements.