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Message from the President

“In Every Job That Must Be Done, There Is An Element Of Fun. You Find The Fun, & The Job’s A Game”- P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins

If you asked my mom what she thought I was going to be when I grew up she would say with zero hesitation: librarian. Growing up I could constantly be found with my nose in a book. Bookmobile and book fair days were the best days in elementary school. Summer library reading programs were a must for me as well. My personal book collection was cataloged on index cards so I could keep track of friends borrowing books. Sending me to my room was never a punishment as I would just sit on my bed reading. In high school reading for pleasure lessened slightly due to homework and reading for class assignments; however, my favorite classes included American and English literature where we had a syllabus filled with books to read all year long.

While pursuing both my undergraduate and graduate degrees my extensive knowledge of children’s books came in handy. At Southeast MO State University, I worked at Kent Library in the Instructional Materials Center helping education students with teaching and instructional materials, as well as children’s literature suggestions. At Waldenbooks, and later Borders, I was the children’s literature bookseller in charge of ordering and arranging the section. During graduate school my art history and library background were helpful when cataloging the library at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, NY. In both of my careers I have had to read extensively. In museums, I had to research for exhibits, learn about the subjects highlighted, and brush up on my St. Louis history. In practice management, I studied the MGMA Body of Knowledge while pursing my CMPE certification.

In our jobs we are constantly reading, whether it is professional journals, monthly newsletters, or daily list servs. The need to be knowledgeable about the most up-to-date healthcare information is essential for us to do our jobs to the best of our abilities. The sheer amount of information available can occasionally be overwhelming. Journals stack up, recommended reading lists get longer, and our inboxes can seem too full. This is definitely a factor in manager burn out. When was the last time you read a book just for the heck of it? A pure for-pleasure read? I highly recommend adding a non-work book once a month to your to-do-list. Whether it is a non-fiction book on history, cooking, sports, a fictional mystery, science fiction, or classic novel; these books are for you. They are a way to step back from the daily grind and breathe. That love for books as a child never truly left me even though I didn’t become a librarian. My library card still gets use and I hope yours will too. I leave you with some inspirational quotes from classic children’s novels that are for readers of all ages:

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets

“You must never feel badly about making mistakes…as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”- A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”- Aesop, The Lion & the Mouse

“Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”- Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat

Barbara Faupel, MA, CMPE
President, MGMA of Greater St. Louis



MGMA of Greater St. Louis
PO Box 16012, St. Louis, MO 63105