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Director’s Thoughts #4

7 Dec

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I’ve been a library director for a total of almost 4 months!  There are days when I can tell you I have no idea what I’ve done, but I’m constantly busy and for the most part loving my new role. Our previous director, (I’ve been working for this library for the past 8.5 years) allowed us to try new programs and make many decisions based on what we saw were issues on the front lines.  He supported our new ideas and gave us all the credit when things went well.  He was in the role for 30+ years and in the last few years, didn’t spend much time out on the public floor.

Coming from a reference desk where I was always the go-to person for reference questions, reader’s advisory and tech questions in both children’s and adult departments, moving into an office in the staff area has been a huge adjustment.  It’s great to be fairly uninterrupted (I can get a lot of work done), but I also feel extremely disconnected from the community we serve.  So, a few days ago I sent a note to my departments heads making it very clear that if they were short-staffed on a desk anywhere in the library, that I was willing to jump in and help out where it was necessary.  I’m blessed with a large staff, so for the past eight years I’ve learned the ins and outs of children’s reference, but never got a lot of experience working circulation or in the adult department.  So starting in January (because December is nuts!) I’m going to be shadowing different staff members to better learn other areas of the library.  I’ve begun this process already – asking questions, observing what goes on and talking with staff members, but I want to be able to help patrons if I see them looking lost or needing some attention as I walk through the library.

There’s a fine line, I believe between micromanaging and having a clear understanding of how processes work and it’s definitely not my intention to micromanage, but I love to learn new things and as the director, I want to make sure I’m as educated as possible as to what happens in my library!

I already got the chance to work the adult reference desk for a couple hours yesterday.  I helped a gentleman print an insurance policy from his email and helped a woman put a few materials on hold (after figuring out which books in the series she had read and which she hadn’t).  I also troubleshooted (is that a word?) Overdrive on her phone for her so she could listen to books as she travels.  I love helping people and I just have to remember that even though I don’t have one-on-one interactions with patrons everyday, my staff does and it’s my job to make sure those interactions are positive and helpful!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/7/16

7 Nov

As I expected, it was an extremely busy work week, so I only got a chace to read Jubilee by Patricia Reilly Giff about a young girl who grows up with her aunt.  The girl suffers from selective mutism and only talks to a dog she saves on the island they live.  As she comes to terms with being different, learning her mother isn’t as far away as she thought and what it means to be a friend, Jubilee’s aunt stands by her to help her grow – never pushing her to speak, knowing she will when she’s ready.

This week, although always busy with work, I hope to spend some time reading and visiting with family for a long weekend! I’m going to attempt Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress and Lead By Example by Steve McClatchy (hopefully this doesn’t take as long as Start With Why). And a friend lent me Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, so I really need to get that read and given back before it gets sucked into my own collection of books and lost forever!


imwayrJoin Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/31/16

31 Oct

I got a lot of reading down  over the past 24 hours (not so much throughout the week)… I finally finished Start With Why – not a book that was easy for me to get through, it seemed a little all over the place and wasn’t as well organized as I would have liked.  But, I’m done!  I also read the heart-wrenching book,  Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur about the effects of war, especially on children and how quickly it forces them to grow up.  It is a middle grade book and one that I think would spark a lot of discussion among kids; I’d be curious to hear what they have to say.  I also read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yesterday and as I said last week, I was really happy with the way the series closed and I haven’t read anything else J.K. Rowling has published over the past few years.  I was hesitant to read the script being that it’s a different format than the series and in all reality written by other writers, but my curiosity was piqued so I gave it a shot. And I should have just left well enough alone.  It was sadly not the world of Harry Potter that I lived in for so many years growing up and unfortunately the script gave me nothing else I really needed in my Harry Potter world.  My real question is now, did the actual theatrical show do anything for the series as a whole?  I’m not sure that I see anyone else but the movie franchise actors as these characters anymore.  Again, my curiosity is piqued.

My reading over the course of the next week is as follows: Jubilee by Patricia Reilly Giff, because Patricia Reilly Giff, need I say more.  And I’m going to attempt Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress and Lead By Example by Steve McClatchy (hopefully this doesn’t take as long as Start With Why. I’ve got a busy work week, so we’ll see how much reading I can get done!


imwayrJoin Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/24/16

24 Oct

This was a strange week in terms of reading – I’m still struggling my way through Start With Why by Simon Sinek.  For whatever reason, I’m not drawn to pick this book up, but when I do, I enjoy reading it.  But, I did get a chance to read The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow which was a lot of fun and the first in a series, so I’m interested to see what happens next.  And I read (nerd alert!) The Weeding Handbook: a Shelf-by-Shelf Guide by Rebecca Vnuk, and yes although its completely nerdy, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to using it to update our collection development plan.

For the week ahead, I finally got my hands on a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and as happy as I am with how the series ended with book seven, my curiosity is still piqued to read the script.  I’ve also got a new middle grade book in hand for this week – Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur.


imwayrJoin Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Happy National Boss’s Day!

17 Oct

29868407Today is National Boss’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with Boss Babes A Coloring & Activity Book for Grown-Ups created by Michelle Volanksy.  This fun activity book is filled with mazes, puzzles, coloring pages, word scrambles and so many more activities just for adults!  What makes it even more fun is that it’s full of girl power with everyone ranging from Malia Yousfzai to Eleanor Roosevelt to Amy Poehler.  I loved seeing the diverse background from which the women came from politics, to art, actors to activists and at the end of the book it provides a quick bio about each woman.

Check out “Who Is Your Inner Boss Babe” Quiz and a Spotify playlist of songs by amazing Boss Babes too!

So, if your a boss or you have an awesome boss babe in your life, this is a must have book of fun! Check out a few of the fun pages you’ll find in Boss Babes below.

Title: Boss Babes A Coloring & Activity Book for Grown-Ups
Illustrator: Michelle Volansky
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
Page Number: 96 pgs.

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