So Glad I’m Here

amandastruckmeyer —  August 5, 2013 — 2 Comments

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Let’s be honest: I have the number one best job in the entire world.  But sometimes– a lot of times, actually– it’s easy to forget that.  I often get bogged down in the never-ending inbox, piles of books waiting to be processed, programs needing to be prepped and publicized, paperwork to file, and so on.

I remember sending an email to my brother a day or two after I started this job in January of 2009.  In the message, I joyfully exclaimed about how wonderful my new job was, and how I had hit the job jackpot.  There are many days when I’d like to reclaim that honeymoonish feeling of absolute love and gratitude for my position.

I have a secret little tool that helps me do just that.  It’s a little cheesy, but I’m willing to be cheesy if it means feeling great about going to work.  Here it is: track #1 on Elizabeth Mitchell’s You Are My Sunshine album.  The song is called “So Glad I’m Here,” and before you buy the whole CD (which you really should; it’s fantastic), you can get a little sample of the song here.

I like to listen to it right away in the morning and remember just how lucky I am.



Amanda Struckmeyer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an MLS in 2005. In 2008, she served on the Newbery Award Committee, and in 2010, she co-authored DIY Programming and Book Displays: How to Stretch Your Programming Without Stretching Your Budget and Staff, available through ABC-Clio. She is currently the Head of Youth Services at the Middleton (WI) Public Library. Outside of the library, you can find Amanda enjoying the outdoors, playing her banjo, knitting, and making messes in the kitchen.

2 responses to So Glad I’m Here


    I keep something I call my ‘Happy Book’. It’s a binder, in which I store all the thank you notes, drawings, and coloring pages I receive. I also keep blank pages in it so I can write down special moments or things that make me laugh. When I’m having a bad day, I just have to spend a few minutes flipping through it to feel better and focused again.

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