Attitude of gratitude


An attitude of gratitude means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life, on a regular basis, for both the big and small things alike. As Lewis Howes puts it in his book, “The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy,” “If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.”

I want to take this opportunity to express a little gratitude for some of the changes that are coming our way.

Mifflin County Library is so fortunate to have the support of businesses like Calkins Automotive. It is unusual to pair an auto dealership with a public library, but it is a partnership that works wonders. The children of many of the employees at Calkins Auto, including the children of Christina, have been long-time library users!  In December, the Mifflin County Library offered storytimes for children during the Calkins Automotive Christmas Open House.

And now, Subaru Share the Love has donated $3,882.67 to the Mifflin County Library. For every newly purchased or leased auto, owners could choose to have $250 donated to the library. We will use this donation to refurbish our 40-year-old tables in our community room.

Thank you Christina Calkins Mazur and Subaru of America for sharing the love with the Mifflin County Library!

For the last several winters, when the days and evenings were bitterly cold, you may recall that the Mifflin County Library in Lewistown closed on those days, not because of the snow but because of how cold it was inside the library. Boy, do I remember! I remember sitting behind my desk, not very far away from the glass front doors, in my winter jacket and gloves, with a space heater at my feet, trying to finish mailing out my interlibrary loans while patrons were on the public computers in their winter coats and gloves trying to read emails.  

Our county maintenance supervisor, Lonnie Griffith, explained that the building is old (not as old as I am, but still!), the glass doors give no relief from the cold, and the insulation in the roof is a joke!

So I just want to thank Lonnie for organizing and the county commissioners for approving the installation of a new HVAC system. This in-kind support included new vents in the fiction and nonfiction wings and a vent above the front doors and above the circulation desk.  

One of my favorite winter stories for story time was “The Mitten,” an old Ukrainian folktale by Alvin Tresselt.  A little mouse finds a lost mitten in the woods and, one by one, various animals join her in the mitten to keep warm; or as I always said, “Keep roasty toasty!”

That’s us now!  This building is roasty toasty!  Thank you, Lonnie, Kevin Kodish, Steve Dunkle and Rob Postal. What a difference a little warmth makes. Thanks also to Mr. Cherry, who installed the units.

I hope our patrons didn’t mind the noise or the dust too much. We can now enjoy the books, computers, and storytimes inside a warm library. If only the cold wet weather outside would go away!

We’ll continue to have some minor improvements to the library over the next few months; more about that later. I’m really excited for the tables in the community room.

Practice your own attitude of gratitude. What are you grateful for?


Susan Miriello is the acting library director at the Mifflin County Library. She is currently reading on her cellphone “The Quiche of Death,” by M. C. Beaton as an eAudiobook from the MCL digital library, a quirky cozy mystery with no zombies or alternate realities.