I don’t know another way to start this post except to introduce everyone to the newest member of the Jbrary family. Meet Dana’s new little bean, Islay. I’m calling her our Ambassador of Love and Joy. She’s already a fan of rainy B.C. summers and when her mom and auntie coincidentally form a Black Hat/Blue Jacket club.
During these past five months there are things I treasure more dearly. Friendships for one. Seeing babies for two. Living in British Columbia for three. It has been a summer spent outside for the both of us.
I’ve taken the spring and summer off blogging for a variety of reasons, but the biggest one is I needed a break from screens. When you spend eight hours a day working from home it’s hard to crack open the laptop on weekends and evenings. So I’ve set the blog aside and given myself the time not to write. Not to research. Not to extrapolate.
I’ve been thinking about the journey of Jbrary. We started it as a social media project for a grad school course over 7 years ago. We were on every social media platform available because we were building content, making connections, and spreading awareness. We were hyped to share our passion for youth services, and perhaps Jbrary was my way of spreading love and joy into this corner of the internet.
Then two years ago I deactivated our Twitter and Facebook accounts to decrease my workload and stress. Our Pinterest and Instagram accounts are still there for people to tag and share, but they aren’t monitored. We haven’t uploaded a YouTube video in months and don’t have any plans to add new content. The thing is, I’ve embraced these changes wholeheartedly. Both Dana and I have entered new phases of our personal and professional lives. It’s only fair that Jbrary would change with us too.
Ultimately I want to keep writing here on the ol’ blog because writing is a love of mine. Maybe a few longer pieces 3 -4 times a year? Maybe a check-in here and there? Maybe when my job changes back to some semblance of normal and my eyes get a screen break? I don’t have a solid plan right now.
What I want you to know is this: if you miss seeing chunky babies learn to clap after every storytime song, I feel you. If you miss welcoming kids into your library and helping them look through the stacks, I feel you. If you miss the sense of community and belonging our outreach work accomplished, I feel you. If you’re blazing ahead into new territory and not sure how it will land, I feel you.
We’ll get through this. And we might find some Ambassadors of Love and Joy along the way.