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

12 Oct

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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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Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Survivor

1 May

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survivor-atoz [2017] v1During the month of April, I be participated in the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I chose to look at leadership qualities as I’ve just recently (within the past 6 months) become the director of my public library. We have about 50 staff members, most of whom are part-time employees serving a 30,000 resident community by providing high-quality programs and resources. Each day, I’ll looked at one trait and how it has helped me to become a better director. Here’s a list of the traits and the link to each post:

Theme Reveal – Leadership Traits

April 1 – Adjustment
April 3 – Budget
April 4 – Change
April 5 – Determination
April 6 – Education
April 7 – Forward-Thinking
April 8 – Growth
April 10 – Humble
April 11 – Inclusive
April 12 –  Join
April 13 – Knowledgeable
April 14 – Listen
April 15 – Mentor
April 17 – Natural
April 18 –Opportunities
April 19 – Passion
April 20 – Quiet
April 21 – Rest
April 22 – Stress
April 24 – Team
April 25 – Understand
April 26 – Vision
April 27 – Willing
April 28 – eXcited
April 29 – Young-At-Heart 
Apri 30 – Zealous

Libraries Are For Everyone

8 Feb

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By far one of the coolest graphics around! For the past couple of summers, librarians have commented on wanting something a little different, more unique for the summer reading graphics and the mastermind behind the blog, Hafuboti decided to take matters into her own hands. Since then, you can expect her to be posting images for each summer’s theme with diverse, inclusive graphics that are just really neat.

So it’s not a surprise that in today’s political climate, she again decided to roll up her sleeves and get to work, creating what I think is some pretty cool artwork. Are you honestly going to be able to represent every single person on this planet? No way, but I think she’s done an amazing job. And what’s even cooler, after someone commented on her globes all featuring the western hemisphere, she went back to work making even the globes diverse by featuring different regions.

You’ve got to check out all her different designs, languages, colors and more at her blog: Hafuboti. And if you’re so inclined to use some of this artwork for your own library, she does take donations (because this isn’t even her real job, she’s also a librarian)! Thanks Hafuboti for caring so much to provide the library world with a way to promote our safe space for all people!

#ReadYourWorld

28 Jan

In all my excitement to celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a great booklist for Lunar New Year, I missed Multicultural Children’s Book Day yesterday!  A day to celebrate multicultural books and reading.  Take a few minutes to check out the Read Your World hashtag on Twitter with lots of librarians, parents, authors and illustrators chiming in and stop by the library today to pick up a few multicultural books for your family!  Looking for a booklist… look no further than:

 

 

 

 

“A Place for the Vulnerable”

19 Jan

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I’ve had plenty of people ask me how I became a librarian (which you can read about here), but no one ever really asks why I became a librarian. I love books and this seemed like a great career to get into if you love books. But as an introvert, it amazes me every day about how much I care about the people I work with and for. Public libraries are spaces that are open to absolutely everyone in the community – not just the privileged and the elite. And in a world where kindness and compassion are not lost, but undermined by the amount of hate we hear about, I believe my job to create a community space is more important than ever.

I love clapping along with toddlers to our favorite storytime song, handing that “my-kid-hates-to-read” kid a book and their eyes light up, helping an adult find the next book in their must-read series, sitting down with a senior and accessing their email that they couldn’t get into for months. Is my job exhausting? Of course it is. Can it be difficult to balance the amount of programming we offer with our staffing hours, choosing what books we purchase and what books we don’t and creating partnerships with organizations that are beneficial to us both? It definitely is and there are days that I’m beaten down and wonder why I do it, but I can honestly tell you that I wouldn’t have it any other way. My job matters to the people in my community for access to information, access to the Internet and a safe place for everyone.

*Thank you to Chris Riddell for illustrating this beautiful quote by Angela Clarke.

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