Meet Sally. She works for the Red Bluff Library as well as three other branches. She was born and raised in Red Bluff, California, and has so much wisdom to impart about the community. Red Bluff is a small town with a tight knit community of 14,057 people (according to a 2014 census) that Sally plays a huge role in.
Sally has inspired the community in many capacities. We asked what her motivation was behind serving Red Bluff so well and this was her response:
“I try to be honest, fair and treat everyone who comes in here and my employees in this community the way that I would want to be treated. I treat them with love and compassion.”
“Occasionally it’s hard being the boss. Sometimes I’m put into a mother role. One of my employees doesn’t have a mom, but I can’t let myself crossover the boss role.”
We asked Sally about her friendships in the community and she answered this:
“I have so many good friends. But I believe that to have good friends you have to be a good friend. I have a full life and sometimes I feel bad because I just want to go home and watch TV. I don’t want to go to a friend’s event. But I do. Like I just went to a basketball game Tuesday night to watch a friend’s grandchild play. It’s not that I don’t like going, it’s just that sometimes you just want to come home, put your jammies on and watch American Idol. *Laughs”
Sally is an avid reader. We asked her which book she had most recently read:
“The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel. I run a book club here and it was the book we read. It was a good book with a lot of good messages in it. I pick all of the books for the book club. I spend a lot of time going through reviews, and of course I pick something that I would like too. But I try to pick books that everyone will like.”
She talked about Red Bluff:
When you live in these small towns you don’t think bad things can happen but things happen everywhere. You never know what’s going on behind closed doors.
Throughout all of our conversations with Sally, her love for her community and reading is so evident. She works hard with pure motives of making her community better.
Talking to Sally was truly inspiring. She shows a love and dedication to her community that only few other people can say have the same.