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Director’s Thoughts #14 – It’s Been Awhile: Storytime

12 Oct

b8a7c2491785eeb0c506cfc6f7c40d36--nurse-humor-medical-humorThis week I covered a co-worker’s storytime while she was away and after a year of being away from it; it was strange coming back. I did storytime for eight years as a children’s librarian and I think that I made a smart decision to move into another role when I did.

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Mini-Vacation & Reflections

19 Aug

We’re on our way to Michigan this morning, having stopped overnight at my parents’ home in western PA for a quick overnight visit. We’re heading out for a surprise birthday party and to spend some time with good friends and their new baby! 

I’m so ready for a long weekend after my first official week as the director (while still working as the children’s librarian until we replace me). So I’m working two jobs – trying to get ready as our current director’s last day is today and I’ll be in charge when I get back to work on Tuesday.

My week consisted of meetings, meetings and more meetings, writing everything down so that hopefully I have notes to refer to as I need them. I’m also continuing to work my desk hours which meant that meetings began at 9:00am the other day and I was on the desk until 9:00pm… a very long day. By 5 o’clock yesterday, I was so ready for a break.

But, our trip across the state really helped me to relax as we chased the sunset through the Appalacian mountains with a beautiful sky filled with oranges, pinks, purples and blues. I love how nature’s beauty is all around if you only remember to look for it. I’ll be back to work on Tuesday, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to start my first week on my own as the director.

Best Decision I’ve Made (How to Prevent Burnout)

1 Jun

I’ve been feeling the stress of summer reading planning for a little while now, we’re starting to use new software which will allow patrons to register and record their summer reading online, we’re installing a brand new self check out stations and we’re missing a few of our staple employees this summer so there’s been a lot of decisions and changes happening along with the usual program planning, school visits, and day-to-day work that has to happen to keep the library going.

There’s a number of great reads out there discussing burnout and workplace stress which tends to bleed into other parts of your life affecting you and the people around you, like these – Running on EmptyMaking Choices and On Burnout.  Librarians are no stranger to stress and even burnout and I was feeling stressed for a lot longer than I liked.

So for the holiday weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to take off Friday and Tuesday on either side of the weekend which was truly one of the best decisions I’ve made recently.  My boyfriend and I purposely didn’t make too many plans, we didn’t travel to see my family (which equates to about 11 hours in the car) and we had such a great time.  We were able to work on some projects around the house, run some errands and still had plenty of time rest and relax.  Having those extra two days with the holiday weekend gave me time do the things I needed to do and the things I wanted to do – planted vegetables in the garden, mowed the lawn, read 2 books, went hiking with the pup and made some delicious drinks and dinners.

So as summer reading is coming – make sure you take time for yourself – in whatever way that looks like – drinks with friends, daily prayers, exercise – whatever it looks like to you.  Take time for yourself, in order to help yourself and help others.

Summer Reading is coming…

11 May


Whether I’m ready or not, summer reading is indeed, coming.  I’ve got WAY too much to do before it gets here, but it’ll be here before I know it.  I am always more than jealous as friends begin making plans for 1/2 day Fridays, summer vacations, and relaxing when all I can think about is the number of families streaming through the doors on any given day to a variety of programs and the endless questions about “required reading” for summer (not by the library, but usually by a school class).

But then I remember the excitement of an upcoming Kindergartner signing up for the Summer Reading Program for the first time, the look in a kid’s eye when I find the book they just “have to have”, and the not-so-reluctant choice of a picky reader when I’ve found something they might actually want to read.  These are the reasons why I do it – through the crazy, busy, insane months of summer – I know that I am making a difference in a child’s life and that’s what makes this the best job in the world.

So, I’m bracing myself, taking each day (and item on my checklist) one at a time and I’m getting ready for a summer filled with finding that just right book for that just right kid.  Brace yourselves, Miss Laura is (almost) ready!

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