As I was pondering the period of my presidency, I was surprised by the plethora of terms beginning with the letter “p” that apply to our profession.
Passion brings us to the profession and drives our daily work.
Partnerships enhance our efforts and extend our effectiveness.
Possibility and potential abound in every child we encounter.
Parents are our partners and a prized part of our patron base.
Personal service and investment in our clientele produces eager readers and lifelong library users.
Purity of purpose provides credibility and dignity in our advocacy efforts.
Promise of a dynamic and engaged community is inherent in our service.
Promotion of our services presents our possibilities to the public.
Play is one of the most valuable tools of our work!
Positivity prevails as we progress in our efforts to create a better future for children through libraries.
Panache presents itself in the singular style of children’s librarians.
Procrastination, (my own, not inherent to our profession), can result in a serendipitous payoff of inspiration or a sustained panic of inertia.
And finally, Pooh and Piglet:
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
Perhaps I am missing some prime precepts, please supplement this list in the comment field below.
It has been my pleasure to perform as your President.