Two Important Words @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

thank you

As I sit here writing my final Library article, the two most important words I have to say are, “Thank you!”  My heart is filled with gratitude for the thousands of people who have touched my life with love and support, beginning, of course, with my parents and my husband.   During my 18 years as your Library Director, there has never been a day without positive input and assistance from the people of Rowan County.  You folks are awesome!  What a blessing it has been to work with dedicated Library Board members, staff members, and volunteers—individuals and groups focusing on literacy and access to lifelong learning opportunities.   I deeply appreciate the school personnel (public, private, and home school), business owners, civic groups, newspaper and radio professionals,  volunteers, and parents, grandparents, foster parents, and others caring for the young people in our community—so many who contribute to the Library’s mission.   Our city and county government officials, city police, state police, and emergency services personnel have always responded to our requests for their assistance.   Our State Representatives and Senators and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives personnel have been major players in the growth and success of the Library.  When I pause and focus on all the people who are and have been involved in the Library’s work, I am so very thankful for each one.  The somewhat worn expression is really true—it does “take a village.”

               I close with these quotes that express my appreciation for your gifts of guidance, encouragement, time, and thoughtfulness:

               “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”—Marcel Proust

               “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”—Leo Buscaglia

               “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.  And, let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”—Maya Angelou

               “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”—G.K. Chesterton

Helen Williams

Rowan County Public Library

Executive Director

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