By: Julia Marie Malate
Madam Potot, or Madam for short, is one of the most loyal employees of the SJSM community. As her years of service in our school come to an end, it is time for us to get to know our school’s librarian. Madam’s full name is Celedonia A. Potot and was born on January 24, 1955. When Madam was in college, she initially took BA Dentistry as her course but at that time was not in demand as a job.
At that time, the Chief Librarian of Silliman University encouraged and challenged her to be the librarian we all know today. Madam Potot was 44 when she entered and worked for our school. Aside from being accessible to her home, she chose and stayed SJSM because it is Catholic school that could flourish our faith. Now working for our community for 17 years, her memorable moments are those when she sees students being pasionate in reading. As my interview with Madam came to an end, I asked her one last question, “Do you love your job?” “Yes!” she answered enthusiatically. “It nurtures me. It gives me additional knowledge on how to raise and nurture my family, treat our environment properly, remain happy and healthy and keep our love to God always alive.
It challenged me to know everything.” As her days come to an end, her future plan is to continue being a librarian in bigger sectors. Let me end this with an advice from our very own school’s librarian: “You must know how take care and read a book because the more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more you grow. The more you grow, the more you become smarter in life.”