Dear Livingston Library Community,
It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m thinking of Fred Rogers, who once so memorably said, “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” Which is a quote that has occurred to me many times over this tumultuous past year. Apparently I’m not the only one, because the U.S. Postal Service is issuing a “Forever” stamp in 2018 for the 50th anniversary of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In a year when so many heroes of all kinds have fallen, it’s a comfort to think of Fred Rogers, who never attracted the slightest whiff of scandal in all the years of his long-running, top-rated television program. Instead, he gently encouraged young viewers to imagine, to wonder, to confide, and, most of all, to come to terms with the often puzzling and upsetting world around them: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,'” Fred Rogers said. “To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.” Me, too, Fred. And I can’t wait to get the new Mr. Rogers stamps in 2018!
Happy New Year!
All the best,
Director – Livingston Library