Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

How Do You Say Goodbye?

Cover art from Mo Willem's "I Am Going!", Piggie is saying goodbye to Gerald


This week, I am tasked with the difficulty of saying goodbye to my patrons. I recently found out that I am going to become the Children’s Librarian at a different branch in my system. I’m in the same boat, but not in the same neighborhood, and for a majority of my younger patrons I may as well be moving to the opposite side of the country.

I’ve asked the children that are interested to sign my “going away” shirt, and on Thursday we are having a pizza party, but in some ways, it seems very incomplete- over in the blink of an eye.

I am very excited though for my change and new adventure. The previous, beloved Children’s Librarian has become the Branch manager, and I am eager to work with and continue to learn from her.

All this leads me to wonder, how do other librarians say goodbye? Did you do something special? Leave quietly? I’m interested to hear! Do you have any suggestions for starting again at a new branch?


  1. Nadine Poper

    Alyson, I love the Mo Willems touch here. Perfect. And I just love how you care so much for your patrons. Pizza party and signing of a shirt sounds very appropriate and appreciative. I think that is enough. Perhaps any patron who wants to offer a “I remember the time when…” to share would be nice too. Good luck and congratulations on your new position.

    1. Alyson Feldman-Piltch Post author

      Hi Everyone,

      Thank you for the kind words! I have really enjoyed my new position so far, and the families! I am hoping to write my next post about it all, as I have a few experiences I would love feedback on!

      Thanks 🙂 Alyson

  2. Ericka

    Hi Alyson,

    I love new adventures and fresh starts, so I am excited for you! You’ll have a chance to try out your best tips and tricks with new children and parents. This new situation will provide you with a new perspective. I bet you’ll do great and I hope you allow yourself to have some jitters and know that it may take a bit of time for your new customers to get used to you. I think it’s cool that the kids got to sign your shirt. Best of luck to you and keep us posted!

  3. Melissa Morwood

    I’m going through the same thing right now. I found out last week that I am being transferred to a different branch. I have been at my current branch for 12 years, and it will be hard to say goodbye to the middle schoolers who I have known since they were toddlers.
    I am interested to hear how others have coped with this situation.

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