People In Your Neighborhood {Librarians}

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If you have much, give of your wealth. If you have little, give of your heart.
— Arabian proverb
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I can remember coming home when I was about 6 or 7 years old, begging my parents to buy me some books from the school book fair. I’m extremely grateful that they did because I haven’t stopped reading since.  I’ve mentioned my love (obsession) for books here before. I’m embarrassed (not really) to admit that my collection continues to grow with my car trunk filled with them. Most I’ve read or plan to read but storage space is limited which is why I’m a proud card carrying member of the Miami Dade Public Library System. 

I’m so impressed with the way our city has kept up with the times allowing us to request books online and pick them up at any library.  This is great for someone like me because I want to read every. book. ever. recommended. but unfortunately can’t so checking them out from the library allows me to read a bit of the book and decide whether or not it’s worth my time.

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Time saving trick for readers: Take your age and subtract it from 100, that is the number of pages you should read of a book before you decide to put it down.  So, since I’m 34, I read 66 pages and if I’m still into it I continue reading, if not, on to the next one.  Hey, it works for me ;)

For this Wednesday’s Random Act of Kindness, I decided to take it back to my “People in the Neighborhood” series. These are the people that you see each day, that play a vital role in your life, but you may not acknowledge them. Today I wanted to honor librarians since I’m very often in the library.  I love going to the library.  I love the way you can smell the old books and how quiet it is with everyone either on the computer or reading or studying.

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Last night, I decided to upcycle some of my glass spaghetti jars to give the librarians a treat. The most time consuming part was getting the labels off of the jars. You definitely have to use some elbow grease and a lot of Goo Gone and hot water.  But it eventually comes off so just have some patience.

After scrubbing away,  I went to Office Depot to purchase Gold Embossed Round Labels and candy to fill up the jars.  I personalized the labels with “You’re Doing a Great Job!” and put them on the lids as well as adding ribbon and a kindness card.

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On my lunch break, I headed over to the library and dropped off the three jars to the librarians.  These people are always super helpful when I go in there. I expressed my gratitude for everything they do for me and the community. 

Take a quick moment to think of the people in your neighborhood. Those people you see every day but don’t really acknowledge aside from a wave or a hello.  OM the moment for your soul and do something nice for them to show your appreciation for the role they play in your life.

Need some other ideas:  How about giving flowers to a crossing guard?  Or giving a coffee gift card to a security guard

Share this blog with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter and encourage them to do a Random Act of Kindness this week. 

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