By Lora Worden, Lower School Librarian
At the end of last school year, I talked with Lower School students about how many people help make books available to them, including the people at local bookstores who help me select amazing books for our library. Students wrote thank you notes to a person or organization of their choice. This summer, I delivered some of those cards to the amazing people who work at Books with Pictures, an incredible local, independent, woman-owned, inclusive bookstore where I buy most of the graphic novels for our collection. I stopped by there recently on my way home from OES to pick up some new books and learned that the bookstore employees were so moved by our students' expression of gratitude that they gave us a shout out on their social media.
It's important for students to know how many people care deeply about getting great books into their hands and hearts: authors, illustrators, editors, designers, publishers, book sellers, book reviewers, public librarians, and, of course, our library staff, our teachers, and our fundraising staff.
It was beautiful to see how the ripple of kindness our students created in writing these cards not only spread out into the world via social media with words of appreciation for school librarians everywhere, but the ripple also returned to our own shores. I shared this post with the students when school started and they were very happy to know about the positive impact our small gesture made.