We absolutely LOVE our library! We practically LIVE at our libraries year round (we homeschool year round; see how here). Everything we need to learn or know begins in or with the library! A-N-D, most of the information is FREE! (See our “10 FREE Treasures You’re Missing at Your Local Library” article here and video here.) Not only do we love our libraries, but we LOVE our librarians! Not just for Thanksgiving "season," but throughout the year. We enjoy thanking them by showing them how much we appreciate all they do to keep our home school in progressive motion. Here are 4 ways you, too, can make your librarians love (and maybe even assist) you more!
WHY We Love Our Librarians!
Our dear librarians have accommodated our various evolving interests, our study cycles, book loads, information preferences, and special needs for many years now! They know that if there's a stack of 15 to 20 books on hold at the check-out desk, it's probably ours. They know after a few days that we'll return to either deliver or pick up more. They’ve helped us locate and reserve hard-to-find items and have gone out of their way to assist us with our unique, quirky needs.
So, how in the world can we ever thank them for their genuine, unwavering, continued generosity?!
Shower them with GIFTS!!!
It's because of their continuous generosity and genuine assistance that we regularly extend our thank-you’s in visual, tangible, fun and exciting ways. And they absolutely LOVE being thought of. The smiles on their faces from simple surprises will last a lifetime!
HOW We Love Our Librarians!
Here's what we do to celebrate our appreciation of our sweet librarians:
1. Snack Packs
For holidays like Valentines, Halloween, and Christmas, we make "snack packs" for each of them. We usually purchase four or five different kinds of candy, fill a holiday-printed zip baggie, twist-tie treat bag or goodie box from the dollar store, print "thank you, from us" on labels and stick on each pack. The snacks include a chocolate candy, some kind of gum, peppermint, maybe butterscotch or strawberry drops, and one other something. They LOVE it!
For Mother's Day, we've surprised our ladies with flowers, grouped with a holiday ribbon and a "Happy Mother's Day" tag (our librarians happen to mostly be mothers). The first year we tried this was a major hit. This does NOT have to be expensive! It's the THOUGHT that counts. We have purchased a couple of bouquets from Sam's Club and split them up into several smaller bouquets.
3. Goodie Bags
Sometimes we switch up the “goodies” in the snack bags to include candy plus a few keepsake items like pencils, bookmarks, pens, erasers, etc. The gift seems better when it includes something they can use and reuse, or keep for later.
Periodically, maybe at the end of the school year or the beginning of the next, we'll surprise them with either a treat we've baked ourselves, or a purchased cake or cookies from the bakery. Sweets are always a big hit! Who doesn't love dessert?!
Some people may not truly understand the power of illustrating appreciation. Our wonderful librarians are always thrilled to not only help us with our educational needs, but they seem ecstatic to be on the receiving end, too, even if it's just a simple bag of candy. (We share these treats with our favorite clerks and cashiers at other grocers and retailers that we frequent, too.)
If feels good to extend our thanks to others. We hope you'll consider extending a simple yet genuine gesture to your librarians and favorite store clerks.
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