May is My Month

May 17, 2012

April 13, 2012 was the 1 year anniversary of my first day as Library Director of Muir Library in Winnebago, MN! And, of course, I was too busy to write something then. I think I tweeted about it, though…


May is my month!

Throughout the last year, I’ve essentially been “keeping up” and trying to learn as I go, but May is a month I’ve already lived through at the library, so I know what to expect. [Insert enormous sigh of relief]

Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love my job at this library! I get to interact with curious readers and potential-readers each and every day! But, there was a definite learning curve to this position and I now feel more comfortable having one year of experience.

So – why is May MY month? Here’s why… I have no programming going on at the library in May, so I have more time to spend preparing for June 4 – the first day of the Summer Reading Program at the library; I’m working on some awesome programming opportunities for this Fall. This month also has me taking a few afternoons off to get my garden planted, go on bike rides and read books I’m going to talk up to the kids during the summer.

It’s important to take time for yourself, professionally and personally, even if you feel like you’ll never be able to keep up with your everyday tasks. Schedule the time into your life and make sure you take it!

My honey and I dressed up for a wedding last weekend.
(Congratulations, Amanda and Tom!)

My new favorite smoothie recipe! I made it up…
(no picture because I drank it too fast!)

1 banana
4-5 kale leaves
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of honey
1/2 cup water

cut up banana
rip stems off of kale and rip kale into pieces

makes 1 16oz serving


Update #1: eBook Challenge

April 11, 2012

As promised, here’s a quick update on my reading during the past 3 months. I’ve read 27 books so far this year:

6 ebooks
7 audiobooks (either on CD or downloaded from the eMedia collection)
14 print books

You can find a list of the titles of books I’ve read on my Goodreads profile.

I honestly cannot make any excuses for my reading of 14 print books  so far this year. When I work in a library packed with print books each and every day, it is difficult for me not to pick something up and bring it home. It seems natural. I love browsing and finding a treasure. Because I don’t have my face stuck to a computer screen all day, I don’t find myself browsing the e-Media catalog as often as I did when I was taking classes. With that being said, I searched for ALL (except for one) of the print book titles I’ve read in the e-Media catalog and didn’t find them.

Next week I’m going on vacation to Texas and I promised myself (and my husband) that I’d only bring my Kindle. I purchased 4 ebooks I need to read for the annual Battle of the Books competition for teens this summer. I also received a notice that The Help is FINALLY (honestly I’ve been on hold since December 2011) available for me through the e-Media catalog.

I’ll have plenty to keep me eBusy next week!

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