My Secret Life as a Librarian



I went and got a second job as a library assistant at Paradigm Schools. I’m not sure why I decided to get another job; maybe because my oldest is graduating this spring, and I can see my days in the future getting lonelier. Maybe it’s because I like having an income that is not beholden to any family or business budget, but is purely mine to decide how to spend. But most likely, it’s because this job just called to me.

I have always had a love of books and reading. One of my earliest memories is sitting on the floor in the library, surrounded by stacks of picture books. I have been a reader as long as I have been me. And working, surrounded by books, is kind of a dream-come-true. So many ideas and worlds and possibilities! It gives me a kind of chill up my spine every time I’m in the stacks.

Also, becoming part of the unique community of educators at Paradigm Schools makes me wish I had done it years ago. Paradigm is a charter school that we found two years ago when my son entered 10th grade. I wish I would have known more about their Liberal Arts approach when my kids were younger. They focus on helping scholars how to think, rather than what to think, and their focus on reading the Classics is something I would have excelled at in high school. And, I got school portraits taken for the first time in 25 years, which was really fun.


I’d love for you to join me where my two jobs meet: the Paradigm Fall Market. It’s at Paradigm Schools: 11577 South 3600 West, South Jordan, UT. I will be there Friday, Sept 27 from 5-8 pm, and Saturday, Sept 28 from 10am-2pm - giving out complimentary headshots for your social media profile photo. I will also have show-only specials for mountain portrait sessions. Just come chat with me about portraits or books, or Greek Philosophy, or education, or anything! I’d really love to see you.

I unfairly coerced Emilee into posing for a headshot on Friday without any warning. Emilee is the school’s librarian, Photography and Yearbook mentor, and fellow Disney-fanatic. It is a joy working with her, and learning from her experience. Also, my son, whom I also captured without much warning or enthusiasm - but who will always say “sure” even if he doesn’t really want to. These two make my days in my secret life absolutely delightful!