January 3, 2012
Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the library was full of people who received ereaders as gifts. We have gladly helped each and every patron and provided service in whatever way we can. In some ways, though, it is difficult because we (librarians) are learning about ebooks right along with the patrons. During the past week, I started thinking about my use of ebooks and my personal Kindle Touch and NOOK Color. Yes. I had 2 ereaders until I gave my younger brother my NOOK Color for Christmas.
I’m more likely to check out a traditional print book than go onto my account and check out an ebook. I think this is because I spend the day being surrounded by print books in the physical library. So I’ve created a challenge for myself.
- Every novel I purchase for myself this year will be an ebook.
- When borrowing a book from the library, I will borrow the ebook if it is available (even if that means I have to put it on hold and wait for it). If no ebook is available for the title I want to read, I will check out the print copy.
That’s it. Shouldn’t be too hard, right? We’ll see! Look for an update in a few months.
November 30, 2011
I attempt to avoid writing personal-life-related posts, but I wanted to give a little update about one of the best days of my life. I married my best friend on October 22, 2011. His name is Jeremiah and here are five reasons I fell in love with him:
- He spends each day trying to make the world a better place.
- His family is his number one priority.
- He watches Wheel of Fortune almost every evening.
- Not a day goes by when he doesn’t smile, laugh or thank someone.
- He buys me lunch. sometimes. And he lets me pay. sometimes.
In any event… here’s our holiday card and some wedding photos. My cousins did an amazing job at photographing our wonderful day. Enjoy!
November 17, 2011
Since the school year began, I’ve held a Story & Craft hour one night a month. In September we read The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise and painted scarecrow suncatchers. We had 17 students participate. In October we read That Terrible Halloween Night by James Stevenson and made monster magnets! That night got a little chaotic because we had 23 students participate and we didn’t have enough eyes for everyone’s monsters – good thing some people wanted to make cyclops monsters anyway!
Since our Story & Craft hour was scheduled the week of Veterans Day, we read America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven and then created our own books about Veterans Day using these instructions for an Accordion Index Card Book by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord. We had 9 students participate – a perfect number for this more difficult craft.
The smaller number of students also allowed us to talk about Veterans Day and what it means to our community. I heard all about family members who were in the Navy or Army, but I also heard about the programs at school and how they didn’t have school on Friday.
In the story, the words of the song My Country Tis of Thee are included. I asked the students if they knew the song – they gave me blank looks. So I used the best voice I had and started to sing the song I sang every single morning in second grade. After the first few lines and uncomfortable blank faces watching me, I stopped and asked if they knew it. Nope.
So I told them maybe I’d serenade them and sing it while we did our craft. One little boy raised his hand and said, “Maybe you should look it up on YouTube so we can hear it from someone that can sing.” The way he said it was so thoughtful – he didn’t say it to be a smartypants or to offend me. I just laughed and laughed and laughed with the moms in the room; the other students thought he had a great idea!
And this is why I love my position at Muir Library…
August 31, 2011
I’ve been in my position as Library Director for a couple of months now. While in library school, I made an effort to keep reading “for fun” books. I blogged about them here! One of the ways I’m getting to know my patrons and my collection better is through reading! And today marks the last day I will allow myself to read YA or Junior Fiction… for a while, at least. I usually read a balance of non-fiction, adult, YA and J fiction, but this summer I’ve been focusing on the last two.
Here’s why: I feel my library’s YA and J fiction collections are somewhat outdated and I wanted to read what my younger patrons are reading to become a better collection manager and readers’ advisor.While I haven’t read *everything* my patrons read this summer, I do have a better understanding of both what I may suggest for them to read next and what type of YA and J fiction I personally enjoy.
Now that the Summer Reading Program is finished at our library, I have decided I need to work on moving back to adult fiction and non-fiction because the majority of my Sept – May patrons are adult (and many are retired). Before I start the beautiful journey of reading what my adult patrons are reading, here’s a list of the top 7 most popular* reads this summer. For everything else I read this summer, check out my GoodReads! Read the rest of this entry »
August 1, 2011
It’s just one of those mornings!