The following is the text of an award that I presented to South Brunswick Public Library Reference librarian Brett Page at the Libraries of Middlesex Award reception on December 5.
Let me start on an optimistic note. The President-elect is about to propose an ambitious infrastructure plan. Now obviously, many of us in this room have different opinions of the president-elect but, if passed, that could have a major impact on library construction, and wouldn’t that be something to celebrate here next year.
I have to tell you, at the risk of sounding like a broken record from last year and the year before, I can’t tell you how valuable libraries have been to me. Libraries have always been a major part of my life but that’s especially true of these past two years as I have been involved in some extensive projects. Whether the public libraries or those that are part of the university, I love working out in the open. And in each libraries are very special people who not only make the system run smoothly but who are a joy to see on each visit and who go out of their way to answer any question, find any publication or solve any computer problem (special emphasis on the latter). And on that score I want to thank the men and women – many of whom are in this room, who make my library visits so enjoyable. There are no baskets of deplorables in this room – everyone here are first-class human beings with a sense of professionalism second-to-none
Last year I requested to the Libraries of Middlesex Committee committee that a wonderful librarian from East Brunswick receive recognition and this year, I was proud to do the same for Brett Page. Brett is no rookie in the Middlesex County library system. He’s been a reference librarian at the South Brunswick Public Library for the past four years and before that spent two years at Jamesburg. Words to describe him are humble, low-key and kind. He has a reputation for going out of his way to help the patrons. When I told him Brett he would be receiving the award, he seemed genuinely surprised but didn’t jump up and touch the ceiling. Tonight, I asked if anyone was with him and he replied, “Just me.” That’s Brett – it’s not about him it’s about doing his job and serving the patrons.
I know that Chris Carbone, Jill D’Amico and Evalina from Jamesburg will concur that Bret Page is a gentleman and a scholar who is very worthy of this award and other future accolades that will undoubtedly come his way.