Don’t let the pigeon ruin the library book!

Any person who works in a library knows the pain of mistreated books. Having a book returned  that has been waterlogged, chewed on, ripped, or colored in and no person to confess to the damage. Teaching children at a young age to appreciate library books is such an important lesson.

I ran across this coloring book featuring a favorite pigeon which would be a perfect way to begin teaching children the importance of treating things carefully. This would work well with a storytime, passive programming, a class visit, or to use at home not only for those library family’s but for those kids who love this loud bird.




Class Visit

Today was my second time doing a class visit ever. The first time I did one was a couple of months ago at my other job. It was a preschool class and it went okay. Mostly I did great at reading my books and not so great at talking about the library.

My boss at my new job gave a co-worker (who had taken over class visits) and me a run down on how her and her (our) boss had perfected their class visits. I was extremely nervous. Not only because I had only done one class visit before, but also it was a whole new way of doing the class visits which I had never even seen done and it was going to be four classes in two hours. I have to make sure I was done in 30 minutes so the next class coming in could start right away.

To make things worse I had gotten sick on Friday and had not beaten it in time for today, therefore, I was coughing , sneezing, voiceless mess, but I knew when it was time to go I needed to perk up and get excited. I practiced to myself as much i could, but when it was time to go I jumped in and it turned out really great actually.

All four classes where 4th graders and at first did not seem very interested in the picture book that I was starting off with (Leonardo the Terrible Monster), but once I got to Sam’s tirade and they heard “wash out the bird poo that my brother’s cockatoo pooped on my head” they were totally into it and the rest went along smoothing (actually they wondered how I memorized his speech. I made sure not to turn the book around so they couldn’t see the taped up version I had on the back cover).

It took me a little longer that my boss told me (It should be 20 minutes and mine was 25 minutes each time), but I was new to it and it actually worked out well. My voice held out until the last class visit and I had an unfortunate cough attack which made it tough to read for a couple of minutes, but luckily they all understood.

The new method involved a cart full of nonfiction and fiction to show what we have at the library and it was wonderful to hear how excited they got over the nonfiction as well as the fiction. I also learned today that Bigfoot huge hit, Justin Bieber not a hit.

Overall I was very happy with how it went and this method is one that I will continue to use.

Hilda the Hippo and A Class Visit

Today for our youth services meeting we had to do a book talk on a children’s book with a female lead. My book talk was mostly just rambling because I got super nervous, but it went okay. The book I chose was “Hilda Must Be Dancing” which is one of my favorite children’s books. I love the pictures and Hilda’s outfits. My co-worker noted also how body positive it was and it’s true that Hilda the Hippo is a big lady who wants nothing more than just to dance. It’s one that I recommend time and time again, because it’s such a fun book (and the children love Hilda’s dancing outfits).



I was supposed be off on Monday so I could begin my Saturday rotation, but one of my co-workers asked if  I could do a couple of class visits and I agreed. It makes me very nervous and I’m a little bummed not to be off all day (I was hoping to work at my other job), but I know that this opportunity is not only going to teach me about how class visits work here, but also it hopefully makes me more available to assist with similar programs in the future. I may not be active in youth programming, but I know that I need to take the chances where they exist to have some involvement which is great.

it’s for a group of 3rd graders so I was thinking about reading “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” or “Mole Rat Gets Dressed” both by Mo Willems. They’re fun books that I think even 3rd graders can find enjoyable.

Winter by Marissa Meyer


I finally finished Winter by Marissa Meyer last night and I thought it was great. I picked up the first book in this series last year and I have enjoyed how light it was compared to some other YA series I was reading. The Science Fiction Fairy Tail twist was an interesting as well. I found that I enjoyed all of the characters and felt that the author did well at adapting their storylines.

Overall I found this series quiet enjoyable and am sad that it is over.

New Responsibilities

I’ve been given a couple new tasks at my new job. They involved creating a rotating display in three places. One of which I was able to get started (see below). I was assigned a book shelf which previously was holding a few flyers because no one knew what to do with it. I thought it might be a good idea to have a display with a theme and books fitting that theme. It’s not the greatest bookshelf, but I added a sign a made and some books and I think it looks better already. It needs a little work to jazz it up, but it’s something.

Next I need to work on the edge of the circ desk to clean up the promotional material and three square slat-walls (which are empty except for the occasional taped up flyer). Close to the slat-wall is a bulletin board which is in the process of being updated by a co-worker who was just hired the same day as me. Hers will have flyers with library promotional material and I don’t think we need that many in a small space. I was trying to come up with something to do when I was told I could use butcher paper to cover the slat-walls with a display which I think I may do. I create children’s displays at my other job and am happy that I can carry that over to this job.

Not I have something to focus my attention on when I’m not on the reference desk. Now I just have to figure out how to oversee programming.

Beginning With New Shelf

New Chapter, New Librarian

I recently began a new job as a Librarian in a new library. I am currently still in the adjustment period and trying to learn everything that I can and need too. My new co-workers have been extremely nice and helpful.

I am hoping that at some point I will be able to feel my way into programming. At the moment the youth aspect of programming is already held by two others and I definitely am not looking to step on any toes (since recently I know how frustrating that can be). I have offered my assistance and I am hoping it will be taken. For now it has been mentioned to me that adult programming is needed and since I’m not big on adult programming and do not know much about it (I’m a big kid) it’s going to take a bit more, but it is needed and I can’t take for granted an opportunity (hopefully).

For now I still have my job as a Librarian Associate at my home library, but have significantly lowered my hours. Mostly I am ordering teen fiction and adult nonfiction, doing the Art Hop, the Second Sunday, and doing what I can for the Summer Reading (but that is affected by the toe stepper on).

It’s a new chapter and I’m curious to see where this will lead me. Although I can say I am excited for my first paycheck :).