Guest Blogger

Let’s Stay Together

Ever since I got married three years ago, I’ve been falling more in love with country music.  It started out as a joke, because for about the past 20 years, I’ve only  listened to acid jazz-the Brand New Heavies, Kyoto Jazz Massive, etc.

One day we were driving along, listening to the local Country and Western station, and there was a song that made me and my daughter laugh.  We started teasing my husband mercilessly, because the lyrics were just so ridiculous. He was a good sport about it, but he had the last laugh, because now when I get in the car and it’s tuned to that station, I find myself singing along and even turning up the volume. I’ve got some favorites. There’s one song that I downloaded and always play at least three times in a row.

What does this have to do with library services to children?  I believe, simply, that our lives, and the lives of children, are greatly enriched when we blend our different worlds together. When we share books, meet together for events and  spend time with all kinds of people, of all kinds of flavors, we are investing in the future of children, and therefore our world.

Libraries can provide opportunities  to come together. At these events, we can see that all parents want similar things for their children. The likelihood of meaningful conversations increases. Recent events in our nation and our world prove that we need ample opportunities to learn more about each other, and being together is a good place to start.


Photo courtesy of guest blogger
Photo courtesy of guest blogger

Our guest blogger is Ericka Chilcoat. Ericka is a Librarian at the Merced County Library and gets her best ideas about Children’s Services when she is eating Thai food.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

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