This past Saturday, a small number of seniors graduated in Pleasanton. I wasn’t able to attend the ceremony, as I was working at the library. But I know many members of their family and friends were there to watch them walk across the stage to accept their diplomas. Because of the education and support they’ve received over the past twelve or more years, they will go on to do wonderful things. If they chose to attend college, they will be doing plenty of course-related reading. They may not have much time to read beyond studying and writing papers. If they are away from home, the only writing they’ll do may be texts on their phones. I wish them all well in their endeavors.
Their experiences during adulthood may vary. Some will finish college and go on to successful careers in their chosen field. Some will join the Armed Services to help protect our country and earn educational benefits. Others may chose to work for a time, then begin raising children of their own. The important thing for each of them is to make an effort to find happiness in their lives. Whatever they choose to do, they should open their hearts and minds to making good memories.
As we all know, life can throw many curves. But the important thing is to keep going, to continue toward our goals, even if they must be adjusted. It may mean two steps forward, one step back. But the important thing is to try. Then when they look back on their lives, they will know they are successful.
Even the folks who provide Facebook know memories are important. They remind users of posts they entered in previous years, and invite them to share them again. Many of those users post images of happy family times like weddings and get-togethers. This was true this past weekend, not only with graduation celebrations, but Mother’s Day. For many whose mothers are no longer with us, this can be a bittersweet time. But seeing others share the sentiment of missing their mothers lets us know we are not alone in our loss. It reminds us of the many wonderful times we had with our mothers. They are precious memories.
Now that school has ended for the summer, we invite you to bring your younger children to the library. Help them maintain the learning they gained over the past school year by continuing to read and learn. We have many new children’s books they can enjoy whether you read to them, or they read on their own. Our Maker Space is filling up with books and projects on a daily basis. They can join their friends there creating art, building structures with all sorts of materials, or repurposing items for our August show. All the while, they’ll be making memories with their other young friends.
Adults can soon begin reading toward prizes this summer as well. We continue to purchase books from the New York Times bestseller list, and others recommended by our district library. We’re holding another Music on Main! Jam Session this week. Join us Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. to make some new friends or bring one of yours along to enjoy the tunes played by some wonderful musicians. It’s a memorable occasion!
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