July 31st was Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. As Bill and Hilary Clinton’s only daughter, it is understandable that they would want to throw her a big wedding.
July 31st was also my only daughter’s wedding day and, though it didn’t equal Chelsea’s in expenditures or attendees, it was a lovely affair. Did I mention that the wedding and reception were not only held outdoors but outdoors in our garden.
My son was married last summer so that makes two weddings in one year. I have been the mother of the groom and the mother of the bride, so I feel I am well-placed to offer up tips to those of you who are currently planning a wedding (or if you just want some laughs about the pitfalls).
I will get to how this fits in with the library later (and you know I will).
Here is what I learned:
But despite the work and stress, there is satisfaction that your child has found love and happiness, and you hope that the bride and groom will be great partners.
Speaking of great partners....
(I told you I would get back to libraries).
Just as in marriage, where two people join together to form a partnership that is beneficial to both, so the library is a community partner.
In fact the Williamsburg Regional Library System patterns their levels of partnership after a courtship that can lead to marriage:
It starts with a "glance" (any contact), a "date" follows (an agreement between the library and a group/business to accomplish a specific activity) and then an "engagement" (a formal agreement to work together toward a marriage). If all goes well, in library partnerships as in life, a "marriage" will take place (a formal agreement between the library and the community partner to share the work, the risk and the results).
These levels of partnerships can take many forms.
Knowing the importance of keeping teens involved in their local communities, a business might regularly supply refreshments for the Teen Advisory Board meetings.
Or wanting to help children get ready to be successful in school, a group might want to give money and add their sponsorship to an ongoing literacy project.
Or a local senior center might encourage its members to volunteer at the library so that the seniors can be active.
And in return the library provides local businesses with resources to help them succeed.
They partner with the schools to provide homework help and study areas.
They partner with senior centers to provide life-long learning opportunities for adults.
They partner with health agencies to provide literacy information to new mothers.
The levels and possibilities for partnerships are wide-ranging.
Continuing to initiate and maintain strategic partnerships is part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Strategic Plan, and I am proud to be on a team working on how this might take shape.
As we move forward, you will see many positive changes at the library and library staff more and more involved in community events outside the library.
Your community library is a great partner!
Oh, I suppose you are wondering about the “baby” in the title of this entry?
Remember I said my son was married last summer?
Lots of positive changes - at the library and at home.