Exhausted but Exuberant
Exhausted but Exuberant
In my mind today I feel relief. I scathingly survived being a representative for our local library, McIver's Grant, at our city's EXPO. I started the day full of zest and ended it with a neck that would barely hold my head up, headache from oxygen depravation and CO2 collection in my lungs, and an almost paralyzed body. Guess what? I did it! I was exhausted as well as exuberant because PMA/ALS didn't win. Many of you are thinking, "Ms. Alley, why do you care so much and expend so much of yourself for the library?" There are many reasons but let me share just three.
When I became too weak to teach, the library gave me a place to continue to teach. I lead book clubs for adults, small children, and tweens. I do activities for children in the summer. It feeds my teacher side. As a teacher, I am a believer in education and how it can mold and meld prosperity in our little town. Please visit the library and take advantage of this gift. I would love to see you, your children, and grandchildren.
Whether I'm effective or not, the library board asked me to be on the Capital Campaign. When one of my beloved teachers, Lee Weakly, approached me about it, she didn't see a broken person in a chair. She saw a vibrant mind that was not ready to surrender. I love and thank her for this. This opportunity gives me an outlet to try to keep something beloved not only to me but our community thriving, not just surviving. Our library is a literal beacon of resources to every citizen in our area on each socio-economic level. It's priceless.
Last, I love people. Our library is a "people" hub. I automatically smile when I enter the beautiful foyer. I see our community enjoying this amazing venue for free. Free! The brain-trust behind it did their homework. They are philanthropist and altruistic. They had a vision to grant such an amazing gift that would keep giving. It helps our citizens in a myriad of ways: economically, employability, and educationally. A library is a big piece of economic and educational health in a community. Help keep it alive.
As I literally held my head up and talked with businesses, former students, and random citizens at the EXPO yesterday about supporting our library financially, it gave me joy, pride, and many hugs. Currently we are 1/2 way to paying off this gem. Our Capital Campaign is going big. We are working to raise 1.5 million to secure the future of our library. If you need a tax write off, please donate. If you own a business, please donate. If you are a CEO and doing well, please donate. If you are a person blessed with financial wealth and want to promote education, employability, and economic health, please donate. If you are an ordinary Joe or Josie like me, please donate. There are levels from $5 to $1,000,000. This campaign is for all of us not just the financially well endowed. There is power in the "widow's mite." Please join me in being a part of sharing the light from this beacon in our community.
Sarah Anderson Alley
Dedicated to the Library Board Members and those who champion the call for promoting the welfare of our little burg
Quotes of the Day:
"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation."
"I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years"
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