There have been a lot of changes in my life in the past few months. I moved, celebrated the holidays, gave birth to my son and stopped working. That’s a lot of change for this librarian. In order to prepare for maternity leave I wrote a manual for a majority of the things that I do at work for my co-workers to reference while I am away. Thankfully I was able to finish it before I had my son, since he decided to arrive on what was supposed to be my last day at work. It also happened to be his fathers and great uncles birthday. I have to admit he may be the greatest adventure of my life. It’s funny to be typing this with one hand as I hold him, until my awesome boyfriend came to take him to change a possible dirty diaper. So incredibly grateful for all of our friends and family members who have stopped in to check in on us and to help out with even the most mundane chores so I can spend some time with my little man. Yes the mom part of me is starting to take over a lot of my life, in the best possible way.
The librarian in me is still very present. One of my best guy friends is giving me six weeks before I am chomping at the bit to go back to work. Yes I am stubbornly convinced I can prove him wrong. Let’s see shall we? Don’t get me wrong, there are some parts of me that miss going to work everyday and feeling a sense of accomplishment and having adult conversations. On the other hand I am slowly starting to get a routine down with taking care of the little one and balancing a relationship. I can’t wait until I can start to take my little guy to the library.
This past week has been a very busy one for me. On Sunday I hosted my sister’s bridal shower and with the help of my two best friends we were able to successfully pull it off. Two days later I attended the Vermont Library Association Conference. It was a lot of fun, though I look forward to attending it again minus crutches. VLA is a great way to network and see what other libraries around the state are doing. I attended a few different lectures. They were all interesting in their own ways. One of the lectures I attended was titled “Rapid Reviews” this is one I try to attend every year because its great to hear actual people review books they have read over the year. The books are broken into categories and suggestions are given. I have hopes to add some of the titles reviewed to our collection, they will be a great addition to our collection and I feel our patrons would like the titles. Another program I attended was all about the Red Clover and Dorothy Canfield Fisher books for next year. While I am not a children’s librarian it was great to stay up to date on what books are on the local children’s award lists. This appeals to me as I studied children’s literature while I was in college. It was funny when I would talk to friends from home and tell them I was reading Winnie the Pooh for homework.
Another thing I did this week was to teach a very basic introductory class to PIntrest. While there were only two people who attended, at least I was able to connect with them. When I am working with someone one-on-one it forces me to slow down and think things through. I have to mentally translate things in my mind and try to explain them in a way anyone can understand. I have hopes that I was able to explain why so many people are drawn to using Pintrest and how it can be useful.
When I was talking to my roommate last night we were talking about college degrees and who of our friends are actually using their degrees. While at school I received an English degree. While it may not seem like I am using my degree, I actually use it on a daily basis while at work. My knowledge of children’s literature is great when I am talking to patrons about certain books and being able to say which one comes first in a given series. There are so many projects and crafts that can be coordinated with children’s books. Pintrest is a great source of inspiration if you want ideas for projects to pair with books.
So I was going to write a post about collection development and how we decide what to add to the library collection, until I realized how uninspired I was to talk about it today. So I’ll talk about that another day. My personal life lately has been absolutely crazy, which is possibly why I was feeling a case of writers block. So bear with me as I try to free myself from my creative block.
On Sunday I was driving around with two of my best friends from high school, its been over ten years since we have done anything like this, and we talked about books we read and how we remember the old card catalogs. One friend shared a story with me about some kids on her bus who were talking about something and she overhead one of them say “just Google it”. As I was listening to her tell the story and how she suggested to the kids they go to the library the next day to find a book to answer their question, it made me think of when we were children and our lack of Google and technology at our fingertips. I pondered this throughout the day as we drove around going from shop to shop, using our phones for GPS instead of a physical map. On our way to one store the GPS misdirected us and it struck me to go through my “passport” to see if there was anything for directions or landmarks to help us find our way. Thankfully there was and we were quickly able to locate the shop within a few minutes.
To my amusement, across the street from the store was the local library. Throughout our drive we either saw signs for the local library or drove past the library which greatly amused me. All in all the day was a lot of fun and it was great to spend some time with friends who I do not get to see very often. Lets hope I can overcome my writer’s block soon.
P.S. It might come as a shock to some people but librarians don’t actually live at the library. Try to let others down gently if you choose to share this surprising fact.