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Jul 10

Day in the Life of a Librarian by Andrea Lorenz

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 1:59 PM by Genesis Gaule

I can’t tell you how many times after revealing my profession I’ve been met with, “I’d love to be a librarian and read all day!” I usually chuckle and reply with “I wish I had time to read all day too!” There’s so much more to librarianship than reading (and, trust me, there would be a whole lot more of us if we COULD read all day).

So let me break it down for you and give you a glimpse into a day in the life of a librarian (Pre-CoVid-19).


7:45 am: Let yourself into the building. Turn on the tea kettle or coffee pot on the way to your desk.

7:55 am: Grab the newspapers, power on the computers, pull out all the books that have fallen into the book drop overnight to check in.

8:00 am: Check in the books and put them away along with the newspapers.

8:30 am: Check any voicemails that came in overnight and reply to ALL the email!

9:00 am: Grab the keys (and sometimes a buddy) and unlock the doors of the library! Let the people in!

9:00 am-9:45 am: Greet people who enter the building, sign them up for a computer, check in books they’ve returned and check out new books for them, oh and answer the phone!

9:45 am: Take a deep breath, down the rest of the coffee or tea, and prepare for storytime.

10:00 am: Greet every little patron by name and tell them “It’s STORYTIME!” in the happiest sing-songiest voice possible.

10:05 am: Begin storytime (after talking about new shoes, new owies, naughty things younger siblings did, and embarrassing tales that no parent ever wants to hear their child repeat – They are all in confidence, grown-ups. I won’t tell!). Read stories about ninjas or monsters, bugs or ducks or even pirates. Sing songs and dance along with 15-20 toddlers and preschoolers. Pass out the storytime craft and give step-by-step instructions and then sit back and admire all of the beautiful and unique crafts that have been produced.

10:40 am: Put away all the storytime and craft supplies.

10:45 am: Refill the coffee or tea!

11:00 am: Help check out all the books for all the storytime parents and children. Find some good read-aloud books for family time. Reach that movie on the top top shelf!

12:00 pm: LUNCH TIME! This is when you get some reading in – usually while you’re eating, but don’t spill mayo on that library book!

1:00 pm: Bounce back into the library. If it’s cold, refill the coffee or tea! If it’s hot, bring that iced coffee or tea back with you!

Hyperbolic character drawing of a person holding a broom yelling Do All the Things!

1:15 pm: Help put away all the books that everyone has brought back throughout the day. This is when you get all your steps in, walking all the way from the Easy section to Military History and back.

1:30 pm: You are approached by a library patron. They need help printing a form! Stand by their computer and help them adjust the printer settings so they can print. Walk up to the front desk with them and get their prints.

1:40 pm: Try to remember what you were doing before you started helping…….Oh shelving! Where did you put those books?

1:45 pm: Find the books and finish shelving them. Reshelve some books that were set on the ends of a shelf or are wildly out of place. Babar the Elephant definitely doesn’t belong next to the tank books.

2:15 pm: Thank your colleague for answering the phone the whole time you’ve been shelving.

2:30 pm: Work on that grant that will help fund library programs. Email potential artists, authors, and musicians to get quotes for a visit or performance. Make a budget in Excel using formulas. Write a good rationale for why the library needs grant money even though it seems obvious to you – the library is awesome, of course we deserve all the money.

3:30 pm: Take a break. Maybe squeeze a few minutes of reading in here. Or just have a snack.

3:45 pm: Set up for RALF. Talk to every teen and tween in the library and remind them that we’ll be playing board games in the large meeting room in 15 minutes and the snack this week is cheesy popcorn.

4:00 pm: Feed teens and tweens cheesy popcorn and remind them not to spill it on the floor (even though they will every time). Play UNO and Pandemic and Sushi Go with them and try to keep them relatively quiet (even though honestly you’re probably the loudest one there). Tell them about great books they should read.

4:50 pm: Remind the teens and tweens about the next RALF meeting. Vacuum up all the popcorn that got spilled on the floor. Clean up the board games and put them away.

4:57 pm: Check your email one more time. Turn off your computer. Try to clean your desk a little.

5:00 pm: Pack up your stuff and head home carrying more books than you came in with. When did you have time to check out books for yourself?!

Jul 07

Book Notes 7/7/2020

Posted on July 7, 2020 at 2:01 PM by Genesis Gaule

Open books and the words book notes

7/7/2020


These two books are e-books. Click on the book title to view the book in our Overdrive catalog and check them out.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini

The vanishing half

Elizabeth reels from the news that her sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Lincoln, has attempted suicide. Can Elizabeth and the rest of her sisters put their past grievances aside, and is their love powerful enough to save Mary?

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

The family upstairs

Rosie loves her fiancé but is have second thoughts. Her parents Maggie and Nick are determined to wholeheartedly celebrate their daughter’s marriage, but they are hiding that they’re on the brink of divorce. And Rosie’s sister Katie is dreading the wedding, worried that her sister is making a mistake.


The next two books are physical copies and can be checked out through our Front Door Pick Up Service.

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The end of october

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 pm every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every day Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest, and some hosts are more helpful than others.

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

The knockout queen

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life until a demon murdered her friends. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. With the demon still on the loose, Bryce offers Hunt an irresistible deal: help her find the murderer and have Hunt’s freedom within reach.


If you need help accessing any of these titles or help with front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you! 

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Jul 03

Graphic Novels on Overdrive by Genesis Gaule

Posted on July 3, 2020 at 2:12 PM by Genesis Gaule

If you are a fan of graphic novels and comic books, here are three great selections available on Overdrive you can read right now on your tablet or web browser!


Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Becoming your most unattractive self when you hit adolescence is like a rite of passage, but what if you added dental trauma on top of it? Smile recounts Telgemeier's dental nightmares and social struggles she endured between the sixth and ninth grades. Even readers who weren't/aren’t forced to wear braces will identify with the author's troubles with friends, feelings for the boy who ignores her, and difficulties figuring out just who she is.

Suggested Age: 10 and up (dental trauma, surgery/blood, puberty, bullying)

smile comic panel

The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series, Book 1) by Kazu Kibuishi

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the ancient house holds a dangerous magic amulet and a portal to a strange world filled with creepy man-eating monsters, sentient robots, and talking animals. Their way home blocked and their mother's life on the line, what is Emily willing to risk to save the people she loves?

Suggested Age: 10 and up (creepy imagery, death, life-and-death action)

It's not the stone I'm after, it's you

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, George Takei was a four-year-old boy and one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government in American concentration camps during World War II. Takei recounts his child-like innocence of the horrific events as well as the political climate and his parents recounted stories; beautifully highlighted by Harmony Becker's black and white illustrations.

Suggested Age: 15 and up (war, dehumanization, racial violence, politics, grief and loss)

I saw people crying and couldn't understand why. Daddy said we were going on vacation.

Be sure to check out our Overdrive catalog for more great graphic novels and comic books!