In conjunction with our SRP 2012, "Dream Big, Read!", our "Shelton Branch" (a branch from a tree in a decorative pot used to change themes), that we decorate at the circ desk, offered blank clouds for patrons, young and old, to write their "BIG Dreams" onto. We would then hang them on the branch for all to read. Some of them were quite heartfelt and staff and patrons would read them everyday. Many kids dreamed of becoming veterinarians, authors, dancers, librarians and even a balloon seller at Disneyland! However, it was the adults' dreams that touched all of us the most. One of the first ones said,
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"To become better with my parenting skills and earn my kids back and get housing!" Another said, "To stop being a monster, so I can stop hurting people's feelings." The real choker-upper was the gentleman who came in asking to get a replacement card. He had been "out of commission for awhile, in rehab". I replaced his card and he asked me about the tree with all the clouds. I told him it was for writing down big dreams and hanging them on the tree. He asked if he could write one. "Sure," I said. A couple of hours later when I looked at the cloud that he filled out, it said two words, "Start Over". I shared it with my co-workers and we all smiled, some of us with a tear in the corners of our eyes. Submitted by Shelly Barnett, Circulation Assistant
Here is a post from our Facebook page:
From: Dale E. Day-Hudson (the patron/post author)
I want to say that I am impressed and proud of the progress the Shelton Timberland Library has made over the years since it first arrived. I hadn't gone in for about 15 years or more, last year I went in once, and this year you can't keep me outJ. Thank You Shelton Timberland Library for keeping up and providing a great place for people of all ages to come hang out and enjoy.