Why did I choose this quote for the media center’s website? Aren’t libraries and librarians supposed to value knowledge over all things? Well, maybe it’s time to rethink things. Albert Einstein was encouraging us to be creative, to imagine the world that lies beyond our personal bubble, to ask why, to wonder about the future and embrace the possibilities . Knowledge is important, but I believe we shouldn’t limit ourselves to only do what we know how to do. We shouldn’t be afraid of our imagination or the imaginations of others and where it might take us. Think of all the inventions that came to be because someone imagined a better way to complete a task. Yes, they used their knowledge, but they weren’t limited by it. They took a leap of faith after asking, “What if?”
Our school’s theme for the year is “What if?” and it supports the changes we’ve been making in the media center. Last year we rearranged some things to make locating items easier. We added a media center crew. We spent most of the year using grant money to create a makerspace. We’re excited to begin the new school year with the makerspace up and running and seeing the imagination flow from our students. To help that along, I’ll be leading a makers club as one of the after-school clubs that the Foundation organizes. I’m looking forward to hearing the students – from our kindergartners to our fifth graders ask the “what ifs?” and the “whys?” and even, the “why nots?” I’m hoping that our teachers and parents will join us on this path.
My challenge to you is to ask yourself”What if I try something new?” or “What if I support someone who tries something different than what has been done year after year?” or even, “What if I read a different genre that I’ve read before now?” or “What if I volunteer for a project at the school or in my community?”
Inevitably, asking these types of questions will also make you ask, “But what if I fail?” My response? It’s okay, you can come back from that failure. You should remember these quotes:
“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
I have one more for you that I find is a helpful reminder for adults and something we really need to express to our students: