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Ch-ch-changes

Friends.

Friends, friends, friends.

Sorry it’s been six months since I posted on this blog! Pretty much the second half of 2014 was a whirlwind of library renovations, rebooting programming, getting a new job (!!), and the ever crazy holiday season.

When I started this blog, I was a newly-minted children’s librarian trying to figure out what a good storytime plan looked like and how to integrate ECRR into my programming, working in a huge urban system. Today, I’m a youth services librarian doing programming for school aged kids, tweens, and teens in a small city with one and a half library outlets. I’m doing less fingerplays and more long-term planning.

And it’s really, really hard. Transitioning from teens to early childhood and back to teens is definitely difficult. I spent two years immersing myself in picture books and chapter books, and I feel like I missed SO MUCH great YA. Figuring out how purchasing works is a logistical challenge, but also involves all kinds of things I never thought of before. At my old library, everything floated and purchasing was centralized. My main job was maintaining the collection by weeding based on condition and use, and transferring books between libraries to meet needs. Now, I have to think about the budget, space constraints, having a balanced collection, and making sure diversity is represented in ALL the ways. It’s super fun, but kind of exhausting.

There are other changes, too. Mostly what this all means is I won’t be posting toddler time plans any more! I do love posting programming recaps though, because it’s such a great way of de-briefing myself and figuring out what worked and didn’t. I’m pumped that we’ll be getting some solid school-aged programming off the ground soon, and I’m hoping to post some stuff that will help Thrive Thursday rock! I also know good stuff is going to come from Teen Services Underground, and I’m excited to watch my peers knock it out of the park.

So that’s what happened. And continues to happen! I’ll be back – I’ve got long desk shifts prime for blog writing!

On Being New and Adjusting

So, I’ve been at my kinda-sorta-new job for about a month now, and I’m finally getting to the point where I’m…absolutely not settled in at all. Every single time I start a new job, or internship, or volunteer position, or whatever, I forget how terribly awkward and out of place I’m going to feel for the first six months or so.

The most difficult part, I think, is figuring out what I should be working on all the time. In this case, it’s a really big challenge, because the pace here at my new library is so. much. slower. than at my old one. There will be looooong stretches of time when there aren’t any patrons on the floor. And since I haven’t been given any programs of my very own yet, it’s difficult to fill my time. I’d work on committee work, but those are all super-quiet at the moment. I try to grab a few books to annotate/review each day, but if I’m on the ref desk, that kind of makes me look unapproachable. I try to soak up professional development materials, but then my ADD kicks in. Aaack!

Things are slooooowly getting better, and luckily, the entire team of people I’m working with is super nice. But there’s no question that doing a new job brings up all kinds of weird feelings.

Stay tuned for more details of my transition from super-awkward to super-awesome (I hope.) and, new this week, picture book reviews (I gotta practice my skillz somewhere, ya know).

New Beginnings!

So,  I seem to suddenly find myself as a librarian for tiny people.  I’m not quite sure how to work this whole children’s librarian thing, so join me as I read lots of picture books, figure out what sensory play really means, and pretty much stumble through my new job!