Think of all the people you know who choose to make a positive impact on kids. Teachers, bus drivers, nurses, cafeteria workers, tutors, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, doctors, crossing guards, social workers, foster parents, and yes, children’s librarians, are some of the people who impact our kids and communities on an ongoing and daily basis.
Next Thursday, November 3rd, is Thank a Youth Worker Day. This international day of celebrating and honoring youth workers is a great day to recognize all those unsung heroes and heroines who work with or on behalf of children and youth to facilitate their personal, social, and educational development.
I challenge you to think of one, or two, or five youth workers who have made a difference in a child’s life and use this Thursday as an “excuse” to say “Thank You.” And let me also take this opportunity to say thank YOU for all you do. Whether you are helping a child find a book “just like Captain Underpants,” presenting a storytime or program, helping with a homework assignment, explaining safe searching techniques, talking with kids in an afterschool program, or any of the hundreds of other ways you impact kids in your library, your work is important. And valued. Thank you!