I have one last question. Is the responsibility of creating a great place to live only an organizational one? I don’t think so, and this is where you come in. Ways in which we can take personal responsibility vary enormously. Internships, even unpaid ones, only happen when an individual is willing to supervise someone entering the field. No community will be known for its neighborliness unless people get to know their neighbors. Governmental units, including the library, aren’t perfect, and an outside suggestion may provide a stepping stone to greater excellence. In fact, the library’s Community Advisory Council needs your voice. By attending just five one-hour meetings per year, you could represent that community perspective we are seeking.
Consider this an invitation to own a little piece of making Howard County a fabulous place to live. Contact Bridges Outreach, New Leaf Mentoring or the YMCA to learn how you can build into the life of a young person. Share some fresh fruit with someone who finds it hard to get to the grocery store. Find out what is needed by an organization or small business you frequent. Stop by and talk to me about how the library can enhance your quality of life. Let’s apply locally the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Faith Brautigam is director of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library.