Storyteller Paul Harvey used to have a short radio feature called “The Rest of the Story.” He would tell the story of a humble beginning or of a life full of setbacks and tragedies.
Just when you thought there could not be a happy ending, he’d say, “And now, you’re going to hear the rest of the story.” As you listened, you’d be amazed at how humble people could triumph against all odds.
Somehow he made you believe each and every time in the goodness of people and in your own ability to overcome.
I don’t know if you have ever invested in something — a cause or a person — and then never heard how things turned out. You never got to hear “the rest of the story.”
This year, some of you were among the hundreds of people who believed in Greenwood Public Library enough to volunteer, donate or help us through grant programs. Some of you were the listening ears for our stressed-out employees or expert advisers who advised us in our recovery. It is important to us that you hear the rest of our story.
The library that began this year in the red and in the news will end the year with money in the bank. It may not be a huge cushion; but considering where we started, it is nearly miraculous.
As we recover, our goal is not to be the library we were several years ago, because that library was headed toward a crisis. Instead we are on a new track, creating a brand new library where transparency, financial stability and ultimate sustainability are our goals.