The Library expansion is moving ahead at a great pace! Each day we look out the windows, eager to see what has been accomplished to date. With each new thing we see we are assured that things are progressing and bit by bit the expansion is taking shape. This week as we watched them begin working with the roof rafters we were excited! We know that that there are still months of work ahead and thousands of details to be worked out, but we can observe the progress. A few weeks ago as we watched the crew working in the crawl space and things related to the floor, it seemed like there was much doing but not so much being accomplished. However, not being builders, we didn’t understand how much work was required below to make sure the foundation and setup for the floor was secure.

Watching the foundation work reminded me that it is rather like raising children. As parents we want the best for our children and we earnestly desire that they will grow into their full potential and become responsible, productive and joyful adults. However, it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. For example, when they are very little, we begin the process of teaching them how to be polite and we remind them over and over of the same things. Sometimes we despair and wonder if they are ever going to get it. But suddenly one day as your family visits friends, wonder of wonder, you hear your children say “yes please” and “thank you” and you are very gratified and amazed! But it happened because you took the time and put in all the work underneath and unseen in your home, building that foundation for your child to grow on.

So for all parents, don’t give up! In the end it will be worth it all. Since becoming a grandparent, I have begun to realize that I am now observing the next layer in the process. I now observe my children as parents, and watch as they begin to lay those same foundations for their child. The circle of life.

View from the top Rafters going up

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.