Earlier articles written in the Telegraph mention the word “opportunities” and not just in this library section. The opportunity to hear a guest singer at the Opera House, an opportunity to meet a visiting author, an opportunity to watch young actors from our local schools perform, or an opportunity to read to our young preschoolers were some of those opportunities.
We get many opportunities, but do we take advantage of them when we can? Guilty! We make excuses to not going because of prior commitments, tired from the day, or not in the mood to go. Most opportunities only come around once. Then there is the feeling of regret missing such opportunities. Always!
A patron grabbed a book of interest from the Rotating Books because it will be rotated out on the 27th of this month. Almost a missed opportunity.
A patron almost missed the chance to send a birthday card to an older neighbor that will be celebrating it at the end of the month. A dodged missed opportunity.
A patron came in after many weeks, checked out a book, and thanked the library for the birthday cards he received in February as he has never had his birthday recognized.
It’s fun being a witness to these opportunities. And, there was the chance to read to local preschoolers about Earth Day, trees, and finding shelter Beneath the Sun. They discussed that cool places could be in the water, under a rock, or urinating down your leg as a vulture does to keep cool. All are fine ways to cool off, but seeking shade under a tree is probably the best for us.
Getting to be the first to read the “new” books in the library becomes an opportunity that many do not want to miss. They seem to think that once they are placed on the back shelves, the opportunity to read them has gone. The great thing about good books is they will always have a home in the library and the opportunity to read them will never be fleeting!
No way! Opportunity only knocks once!
Happy reading opportunities!