The Librarian

Teen at the Library by Arina Habich via Dollar Photo ClubAmen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40)

The head librarian at Memorial Park Branch Library was the unforgettable Mrs. Conrad Bryson, a stately woman who was my first boss. The slight handicap of her involuntary blinking right eye was a nervous tic, but this genetic quirk never fazed her. It only made her more endearing. I sometimes imagined she was mischievously winking at a humorous situation with one eye while keeping a straight face.

At home among the books I loved to read, my job title was “page,” my main duty shelving the books. I memorized the Dewey Decimal System and today I can walk into a library and find almost any topic without stopping at the computer catalog to look up the number.

Read about my mentor, Mrs. Conrad Bryson, on

Image: Teen at the Library by Arina Habich via Dollar Photo Club




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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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