Happy Spring!

I wanted to start a new blog or freshen this one up so badly, but every time I sit down to “work” on it, I get sidetracked, mostly because I don’t really want to spend the time either cleaning this one up, or creating a new one. I have no real direction to go in, and that is part of the “problem.” I’ve been told in classes and seminars that a successful blog has a theme, and it is updated on a regular basis. Well, my “theme” in the past has been library-related, which is okay, I suppose, but now that I am done with school and actually working as a Children’s Librarian, I am finding that I am just not interested in limiting my postings to that topic. Although my focus at work may be on all things Juvenile, I also spend more than half of my time helping adults. I also have a variety of interests that pertain to other things, outside of juvenile librarianship.

I thought about sharing my program ideas here each time I did a new program, and then thought, why invent the wheel? There are already some GREAT blogs out there that have so many great program ideas, that there is really no need to add to that noise. (Need a great one to check out? Look at Carol Simon Levin’s blog. It has tons of good stuff.) I’ve checked out tumblr, but unless I want to spend all day creating meme’s, and posting pictures all the time, that doesn’t really work for me either. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few tumblr’s I enjoy reading, such as Librarian Shaming and This Is What A Librarian Looks Like, I just tend to be more word-y than meme-y.

I’m also on twitter, facebook, and goodreads, so I am left wondering, do I even really need a blog? Or do I just want a place to store some interesting news articles, pics from work, and reference links to use as needed?  I guess time will tell. In the meantime, I’ll be gearing up for the Summer Reading Program that starts in June, getting excited about my graduation ceremony in May at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and looking forward to two days of fun at the Indy Speedway in May when my son and I help carry the Arthur balloon for the Indy Library for the Indy Festival 500 Parade on the 24th and go to the Volunteer Appreciation Day at the track on the 17 where my son and I will get a free lunch and get to watch the excitement on the track.

If you want to see some pictures of the things I’ve been doing at work, scroll down.

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The above picture is from our Paws to Read program where kids can come read to trained dogs. These kids just happen to be my fiance’s twin girls. If you look carefully you can see him and his son in the background reading to the other dog.

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Our Valentine Drop-In activity.

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This is our Spring/April Drop-In craft. We have a couple of school groups that visit on Thursday, so I imagine that this Thursday it will get hit hard since it will be their first time seeing this one.

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Clifford is our desk dog and he loyally advertises for us. I made the Lego sign one day at work to advertise our monthly Lego program.

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These are the signs I made for our Tabletop game day (#TableTopDay) that we have once a month. This month’s game day fell on International Tabletop Game Day so I promoted that with our regular game day and was able to use Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day’s pictures from their official site. What’s #TableTopDay?

So, as you can tell, I have been having some fun doing some creative signage for work.

I’ve also been reading LIKE CRAZY. I’d say I am averaging a book every 2-3 days. You can check out my goodreads for more on that.

And in other news, I got a new game a while ago and still haven’t played it yet. BUT, I hope to change that very soon. What game you ask? Check out this video.

Well, that’s enough of that for now. It’s time to find something else to do.

Oh yeah, and by the way, I have NOT been writing. I seriously think I am still recovering from being in school for like, FOREVER, and enjoying the fact I don’t have to work all day and then come home and sit for hours on my computer while life passes me by. Enjoying life, yes please!

Aside

Some Updates

changes_aheadI’ll be working on some updates and changes to this blog to make it easier to find things within posts. For example, I’ll be going through all of my previous posts and revamping the categories and tags. I also hope to resume blogging on a more regular basis, so be sure to check back soon.

First Day

The first day at the new job went well. It was nice to see that the computer system I am using at my new job is the same system that I used in my previous public library position (for almost 6 years). I was able to quickly jump in and use it without any problem.

When I first arrived at work, the two librarians working were busy, so I was kind of milling around with my purse and coat in hand. I was finally directed to sit behind the desk while they finished up helping patrons, so there I was, sitting behind the desk with my coat and purse, when a patron came up needing help with the printer. This is where my many years of training came in handy as I walked to the PC with him, had him walk through the steps of what he had already done, then went with him to the printer to figure out the payment/printing system. It’s very different from what I have used anywhere else, but I managed to figure it all out and help him. That was my first task as a librarian. Glamorous, right? :)

The rest of my afternoon at the branch was mostly uneventful. I still can’t log into anything: email, statistics software, intranet, etc. so I can’t do any of that kind of stuff yet. Mostly I did some general reference work, placed a lot of holds for patrons, asked some questions about how certain things were done/handled, and observed.

Here’s an odd thing.  I will be without a Branch Manager until quite possibly the end of February. She was injured and it sounds like it will be a lengthy recovery. I’m wishing her the best and hoping that by the time she comes back I will be fully acclimated to the library and impress her with how quickly I was able to jump in and pick things up.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am seriously looking forward to longer days, spring temps, flowers and green grass. I absolutely cannot wait for a spring and summer.  I am enjoying not having to rush home from work to log into class and sit for another 2 hours, or sitting in front of the computer to work on assignments, and a few extra hours of daylight is going to be so nice. I should be writing on my book, and I want to, but right now I am enjoying having the freedom to do what I want when I get home, whether it’s playing with the dog, cooking, relaxing, spending time with my honeybear and his kids, or binge watching a tv series on Hulu+. I’m also catching up on pleasure reading, which is awesome.

New Job

A lot has happened since my last update. I made it through finals, the holidays, the kid’s having some sort of stomach bug during the holidays (2nd year in a row), a week-long head cold, and a job offer and acceptance of my first professional librarian gig. Yes, I am pretty excited to announce that I am officially a juvenile librarian at a public library that is a part of a library system that is made up of 22 branches, the central library downtown, and bookmobile services. Tomorrow is my first official day, so I’ll be heading to orientation in the morning, then to the branch after lunch. I’m looking forward to continuing my growth as a library professional.