I wanted to take a moment to talk about Lee Hope, the Children’s Services Coordinator at the Chattanooga Public Library. Since I arrived in April 2013, I’ve got a chance to work very closely with Lee on a number of projects involving kids, tweens, and teens in Chattanooga….and it has been an awesome experience, one that deserves sharing.
Lee worked her way up in the Chattanooga Public Library, starting as a shelver, becoming a kid’s librarian, and now as the Youth Services Coordinator. She’s been with the library for over twenty years and has done great things for her community. It’s been super awesome to work with her. She’s been a great manager and mentor, being there when I needed guidance but also listening to my ideas and letting me implement them. There’s a great balance between the two of us and how we work. We trust each other, we listen to each others ideas, and we question each other.
We call each other Goose and Maverick, a nod to the film Top Gun. In our eyes, we’ve gotta have that balance. Sure, (SPOILER ALERT) Goose dies in Top Gun, but that’s not the point. The point is that Goose and Maverick work together. They trust each other. Plus, it’s just really fun to be constantly making Top Gun references through the work day.
Lee’s mentorship means a lot to me. She helps me see the whole picture and has taught me how to collect my thoughts, create a plan, and put that plan into action. That’s huge. Her teachings have really helped me grow.
Now that I’m Coordinator of Teen Services for the Chattanooga Public Library, I get to work even closer with Lee. We’ve got one big project that’s almost ready to share. I can’t wait to put it out there in the world.
Thank you Lee for everything!