Get a job where I got my start in librarianing. (That Fish Is Fish felt storyboard? That’s my handiwork.) And get to lecture library school students. And other cool stuff.
Yesterday I sent my director an email with the subject line “potential mini golf & Bonsai conflict”
This is how you know you are librarianing right.
teen library work stations
Has anyone done standing or stool-height computer workstations for their teen rooms? I was talking with our TAB and envisioning a shallow, high table (almost a shelf) against one wall, with stools or cafe chairs pulled up against it. And we wouldn’t want it divided into carrels because the teens might cluster around a computer to collaborate.
Any ideas or resources?
Something a little like the image below (from Gaylord), but with a flat, rectangular, long table.
Patrons have long been able to borrow a cookbook from the library. In some places, they can even borrow a cake pan to go with it. But what if that cookbook calls for a pasta maker, food dehydrator, yogurt maker, or other specialized kitchen equipment they don’t already possess? Now, if they’re in in Toronto, they’re in luck, since the city is home to The Kitchen Library, a new non-profit kitchen tool lending library. For a $50 (Canadian) annual fee, members can borrow space-taking and often expensive kitchen appliances for three to five days.
Hey, pleasant news out of Toronto.
I want this in my personal life.
Does anyone have any experience circulating musical instruments and/or sewing machines? These are things we’re flirting with at my job.
Teen Librarians: Tell Me About Do-Goodery
Have you ever had teens do a volunteer project through the library for a local organization, especially for the holidays? I’ve seen one library have teens decorate sugar cookies for firefighters, and I’ve flirted with the idea of having teens make promo posters for pets up for adoption, but I’m looking for other ideas and advice!
had a meeting with my library school adviser today where I embarrassingly admitted that circulation work was my favorite and I have a hard time picturing myself in anything beyond that because I enjoy that so much
after talking about it for a while, she admitted that she, and many other…
Circ work is super important! I’ve heard a lot of high up librarians say all lib staff should do it periodically to keep up with the pulse of the community.
When the children’s librarian asked me what sort of display I was envisioning, I immediately said ‘hats’. All due credit to Jon Klassen and to the upstanding, outstanding English professor who introduced me to his books.
These are pretty rad, and put my little boarding school badge cutouts to shame.
Since I am over August, I made my September displays today at the library. Here’s what we got!
My third display, on the bottom, is stories set in boarding schools as my “back to school” display. Some of my boarding school books are already in my new book display, so this let me pull out a lot of older titles, as well. I didn’t care if they were realistic or not, since magical boarding schools are fun, too.
Here’s a sampling of what I used:
- Mockingbirds - Daisy Whitney
- Charm and Strange - Stephanie Kuehn
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks - E Lockhart
- Escape Theory - Margaux Froley
- Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth LaBon
- Dark Companion - Maria Acosta
- Variant - Robison Wells
- Paper Covers Rock - Jennifer Hubbard
- The Education of Hailey Kendrick - Eileen Cook
- Where the Truth Lies - Jessica Warman
- Infinite Days - Rebecca Maizel
- Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
- Viola in Reel Life - Adriana Triggiani
- Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
- Spud - John Van de Ruit
- Love from London - Emily Franklin
- Winger - Andrew Smith
Great minds think alike! I just did a “Bored with Back to School? Try Boarding School” YA book display, although I crossed over into some adult classics and a little MG. Plus, one of the circ assistants and I spent a quiet Monday evening cutting out little neckties and prefect badges and taping up Harry Potter memes. Nerds!
If I knew about this library having its own garden, I’d forgotten, but on this warm last-gasp-of-summer day, when I’m Saturday librarianing, I really, really wish we had one.
I’m so proud of my former coworkers, who stuck it out over almost two pretty unpleasant years in a temporary location. They deserve the coolest library around.