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Picture Book Theme: Reading/Books

9 Nov


You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
  2. The Library by Sarah Stewart
  3. mas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
  4. The Librarian of Basra: A True Story From Iran by Jeanette Winter
  5. Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
  6. Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
  7. The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
  8. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  9. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
  10. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Interview Introspection

10 Aug

As many of you know, I just got a new job within my library as the, wait for it, library director!  This comes as no bigger shock to me as I have a number of years of library experience, but little to no supervisor experience, budgeting experience, etc.  I was quite sure I wasn’t going to get the job, but when the opportunity presented itself, I knew I had to at least try and go from there.

I’ve been a children’s librarian for eight years in my current library, starting work (luckily) right out of graduate school. Prior to that, I had been volunteering and working part-time in libraries since the age of 14.  So, at this point I’ve been working in libraries for over half my life… I’m only 31.  I basically live and breathe books.  And I think that is what got me my new job.  I am extremely passionate about libraries, specifically public libraries and what they can offer a community.  Do I know all the details of supervising staff, maintaining a budget and dealing with unhappy customers?  Maybe not, but I love to learn and am always looking for a new challenge – and this is definitely going to be challenging!

As I was updating my resume and preparing for my interview, I think a few of these tips and tricks really helped me out:

  • Volunteer your time for your state association, your local chapter, ALA, etc.  Being able to create connections and getting your name out there as someone whose willing to work hard and get things done is always a good thing.
  • Look for opportunities to increase your experience and your knowledge.  I may not have a ton of experience, but I have a second master’s degree in public administration, I’ve been involved in a number of leadership programs both locally and nationally and I’m constantly taking online courses and seminars to better my understanding.  This drive for learning can show respective employers that you value hard work and aren’t afraid to ask for help when needed.
  • Check online for “typical” interview questions and practice!  I did a lot of research as I was preparing for my interview, looking at typical interview questions and actually typing up answers so that I could refer to them as I was preparing.  This definitely helped as the interview process included a number of questions I already had answers to.
  • Don’t be afraid to show your passion.  My favorite story to tell is how I became a librarian which involved me begging and pleading my local librarians to start working at the library at the age of seven.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to start volunteering until 14, but I think people really enjoy hearing your journey to becoming a librarian and from what I know about our profession – everyone’s journey is a little different.  But as cliche as it sounds, I say in my interviews that libraries are exactly where I’m supposed to be, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • Be prepared for this specific questions with an interesting and knowledgeable answer!  “What are you currently reading?” Does it have to be what you’re reading at that exact second, no.  But you do need to know the title, author and a synopsis that really grabs the attention of your interviewers.

Good luck on your next job interview and if you have any other tips and tricks that work for you, leave a comment to share!

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reason I Love the Book World

7 Jun
  1. I love books, that’s easy enough.
  2. I love my job.  I wanted to be a librarian from the first time I visited a library when I was little.  Even those days when I go home and pour myself a glass of wine because it’s been one of those days, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  3. I love blogging – sharing ideas with other people in the book field is great.  It makes the job easier and more exciting.
  4. I love learning.  I never thought I’d be directing theater shows, explaining science to 1st graders or leading yoga storytime in front of HUGE groups of people, but I really enjoy learning and this job lets me learn something new on almost a daily basis.
  5. I love children’s book authors and illustrators – these people are so genuine and caring.  They truly love what they do and can be so impactful in a child’s life.
  6. I love librarian friends.  My close friends really have no idea what my daily work life looks like, but I can talk to librarians and they just know.
  7. I love Twitter.  It’s a great way to connect to authors, illustrators, librarians, book lovers, teachers and more – all people who love books as much as I do.
  8. I love the kids.  Finding kids the books they want and need is like a mystery, scavenger hunt, guessing game all in one, and it’s one of my favorite parts.
  9. I love publishers.  Especially when they get as excited as you do about upcoming releases.  I love getting ARCs of new books and getting a jump on the season’s reading.  NetGalley and Edelweiss are super helpful in getting access to eBook ARCs.
  10. I love bookstores.  There’s no place I’d rather shop, the only problem I have is that I want too many books.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

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!

Blogging A to Z: Libraries

14 Apr

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Book List:

  1. Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins
  2. Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
  3. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
  4. Manners in the Library by Carrie Finn
  5. Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
  6. Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea
  7. The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
  8. Bats at the Library by Brian Lies

Songs & Rhymes:

Read, Read, Read a Book
*Harris County Public Library (found on Storytime Katie)
Read, read, read a book,
Travel anywhere,
Worldwide, you decide,
A book will take you there.
Read, read, read a book,
Beginning to the end,
What a way to spend the day,
A book’s a special friend!

Five Little Books
Five little books at the library
Five little books as great as can be
Along comes (name) with their library card
To take one home and read

If You’re a Reader and You Know It
If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re a reader and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
(shoot hooray, read a book)

Book Book
Emily Arrow, singer and songwriter


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