Shared by Harry S on January 31, 2014
Thank you to the library staff for all the answers you give to the many different questions you get each day. A fairly ordinary question and your answer to it have had a big impact on my life.
I have had a card since moving to the area over 20 years ago, and in the winter of 2001 asked for help with locating volunteer opportunities in the area of adult literacy. The librarian referred me to the Columbus Literacy Council, and noted that they also have programs in ESL. I was interested in ESL back in college.
I volunteered off and on over the last 12 years. My daughter mentioned in 2006 that several of her college friends were going overseas to teach English after graduating. This made me think, "Why couldn't I do that?"
After getting an ESL certificate in the spring of this year, it was off into the unknown. I have had immeasurable fun; also periods of doubt; moments when strangers have been so kind that my heart aches to remember; and a few times I have stood lost in the middle of a bustling Chinese city with not an English speaker or even a recognizable symbol in sight. Best. Life. Ever.
I've told students on several occasions that public libraries are one of the institutions that make our country what it is, and that my library is one of the things I miss most when I'm away from the US. I've shown them photos online, and told them that my library is not only a very good library, but is in fact one of the best in the entire country!
Thank you for all that you do.