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Sep. 7th, 2017 10:47 pm
orangerful: (grrr)
I forgot to mention, after all that stressing over interviews and such I DID GET THE PROMOTION!

Which is nice. It would have been fun to get the manager gig but I probably need a bit more work. And I will be staying at my current library, just bumping up a step. It is kinda cool too because this is a new position for my branch so I will be a part of figuring out what it means to BE the Librarian II at a community library. Also, I love my manager and she is already like "Oh we are going to get you READY for the next manager interview".

I am waiting for my official feedback from the manager interview, but the basic things I heard was that I did really well, the person that got it was just a little bit more qualified.

So, yeah, I officially became a Librarian II this week. :)

And just to make things even more wacky, I'm going to sit on the other side of the table of an interview panel NEXT week LOL.
orangerful: (bsg - wishful drinking)
So, I've fallen behind on pretty much all things internet because I have been running myself ragged promoting the library's summer program.

I always say that the one thing the library is the WORST at is self promotion. We tend to advertise in our building and then hope people on the outside miraculously find out about what is going on. So I tried to put my money where my mouth was and visited the schools that are in the service area for my library...

...which means I spoke to around 3000 kids over the past two weeks.

And did I make it easy and just do an assembly for the whole school? OF COURSE NOT! I set up my presentation so I could speak to every class, every grade.

I actually prefer that though, it is more personal. I can cater my talk to specific age groups instead of trying to make it appeal to a 7 year old and a 11 year old.

Anyway, I think it went well, we've had a lot of kids stop by to say hello (they always act so surprised to see me at the library, even though I told them I worked there!) so I hope our registrations reflect that.

I really do love outreach, it is my favorite part of the job, getting people excited about what the library has to offer, from books to research resources. BUT DAMN IT IS EXHAUSTING! I mean, I had to be "on" for the entire school day. I actually took a half day off on Thursday because I was just so freakin' done with everything and too tired to work on things at my desk. I'm so glad I did because I needed to just sit at home and chill.

So, yeah, needless to say checking blogs fell by the wayside. To top it off, Tim discovered a new MMORPG called 'Black Desert Online' and he bought me a copy too so we've been playing together most nights. #gamerproblems

TL;DR - go to your local library and see if they have a summer program you can register for. They are most likely giving away prizes of some kind and probably would love to have some adult in their stats and not just kids. I mean, kids are great, but it is also nice to see adult readers participating.

And now I'm going to pass out. Good night goodnight!
orangerful: (Default)
Comic Con at the library went really well! Our numbers were down from last year but not by that much and I think it was more to do with the weather/day than any fault on our part. Made some notes about what I'd tweak for next year but we just keep getting better each year, in my opinion. Here's hoping year 3 is just as much fun!

I was super busy though, so I didn't get to snap many photos. Hoping the library will post more but here's a smattering for your amusement:

Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled

Good times were had! And afterwards, beer was had because OMG YOU TRY HERDING 50 COSPLAYERS INTO PARADE FORMATION WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A MICROPHONE!
orangerful: (force awakens)
LIBRARY COMIC CON IS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!

Which means I only get a 1 day weekend (I got my other day off Thursday, which feels weird, but whatever, this time of year is madness anyway)

I wished you all lived closer so you could come have fun with me. :D

I'm totally wearing my "Rogue Librarian" shirt. I'm in charge of the costume contest, so that should be fun.

Aaaaand typing that sentence just reminded me I meant to charge the iPad! CRAP!

GOODNIGHT!
orangerful: (leia // orangerful)
Another successful Star Wars day at @aacpl !  Thank you Old Line Garrison! #starwars #501st #library


Small group of troops but we all had fun. Lots of happy kids. My boss estimates we had 150 people over the course of the two hour program. Always so much fun to see fans of all ages enjoying Star Wars and the library!
orangerful: (music kermit)
We (the library) made a music video. I am the total spaz in the back row. I make weird faces. I swear I was singing, it looks like I'm lip-syncing but I'm not!

orangerful: (omg ponies // orangerful)
Wednesday night I attended a conference held by the local reading council and hosted a break-out session where I gave teachers tips on how to create booktalk presentations using GIFs.

Yesterday I hosted a My Little Pony Party, which was a big success with 50 kids of all ages. This little brony was my favorite of the group. He was having a blast. But there was a lot of cuteness.

And now I'm going to "grade" the Star Wars quizzes I put out last Saturday to see who wins some Star Wars prizes!

I love my job. :)
orangerful: (katee and viper // orangerful)
Ugh, I guess it's summer now. It was sunny and in the mid-80s today. I had storytime in the morning and made the mistake of 1) letting my hair down before going in and 2) doing Going on a Bear Hunt AND Happy and you know it right at the end, back to back. I was sweating SO MUCH! I could feel it running down my back. Then I had to go get in a the hot car and drive 20 minutes to Annapolis for a meeting.

I did stop by Third Eye Comics on the way home and picked up the latest issue of the Serenity comics. Need to read it tonight.

All caught up on Orphan Black now too. This season is getting better and better, though I feel like I need some kind of graph explaining the double-triple-quadruple-crossing going on. Sorta like Coulson had in that episode of SHIELD, which I am ALMOST caught up on. One episode left. (Tim needs to study for his interview tomorrow so we're not watching anything else tonight).

Tomorrow I'm back on my normal Thursday night shift! I cannot WAIT to sleep in. Next week will be completely back to normal, with Weds/Thurs as my night shifts, I can't wait to just sleep until 10 LOL.

OH and Monday was crazy and I got stuck on the desk for 4 hours due to some scheduling shenanigans. There really wasn't any other option, except maybe putting up a sign that said "Find it your own damn self" which I don't think my manager would have liked. ANYWAY - I found this on my desk yesterday afternoon from one of the other librarians.



There were chocolate chip cookies inside. Homemade cookies!!

I am so freakin' lucky, my co-workers are the best.
orangerful: (music beatles jump // marshmallow)
"Come Together" at the Library! | Severna Park Voice

My Beatles blog post was picked up by the local papers!!!! This is the first blog post I have written for work (we just started the blog when we launched our new website late last year) and it is the first blog post that has been picked up by another news source! I mean, okay, they are just the little neighborhood papers but still, WOOHOO!

What a nice ego-boost for my Monday morning. :)

EDIT: copy+pasting post here in case it disappears!

This month marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. We will be celebrating their musical legacy at the Severna Park Community Library on Saturday, February 15 at 11 am with crafts, trivia, and, of course, Beatles Rock Band. This is an all-ages event, meant to bring families together for a few hours of rock and roll fun.

The Beatles mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For me, they turned out to be not only a musical obsession, but also a gateway into my career as a librarian.
I discovered The Beatles in the early 1990s, when the Anthology aired on television. The documentary piqued my interest in this group of four lads from Liverpool, England. I had heard many of their songs in commercials and covered by other bands. My parents had a couple of Beatles records in their collection, but I wanted to hear everything. Where did I go to find their music, in this time before YouTube and iTunes?

You guessed it – I walked over to the Maryland City at Russett Community Library and began to dig through their CD cabinet. After I had learned all the songs by heart, I ventured into the non-fiction collection and checked out every single book about the Fab Four. I learned to use the new online catalog and requested materials from other branches.

Then I hit a wall. Several of the books mentioned that John Lennon had written a book back in the 1960s but I couldn’t find it in the catalog. It took a lot of courage for this shy pre-teen to walk up to the Information Desk and ask if it was possible to get a copy of the book. To my amazement, the librarian didn’t scoff or tut at my obsession. She went to a special computer and began searching. A few weeks later, I was able to check out a copy of “A Spaniard in the Works” by John Lennon, published in 1965. I examined it from cover to cover and that was when I saw the barcode on the back from the lending library – it had come from a university in California.

I couldn’t believe it. The librarian had requested this book for me from a library all the way across the country. A whole new world opened up to me. I was in the library all the time, chatting with the staff, finding new things to research. (The Beatles were also a slippery slope into Rock and Roll history, which eventually led me to English and American history). I volunteered at the library over the summer and when I was old enough, I interviewed for a Page position, putting books away for most of high school and through college. After a brief stint working at a radio station in Annapolis, I realized that while I loved music, my true passion was information and getting the right items to help people learn about the things that interested them. I quickly made my way back to the library.

Which is why it seems only fitting that I host a program at my library to celebrate the music and the story of The Beatles. Who knows? Maybe this program will bring someone into the library who has never visited before, someone whose interest in The Beatles will introduce them to all the public library has to offer.
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
I got to write a blog for the library's website! :D I got paid to write a
blog!!!!

Most of you probably already know the story about how The Beatles led me to
my career, but if not, you can read about it here:

Come Together at
the Library


Now to figure out exactly **what** I'm going to do at my Beatles program!!
orangerful: (librarian moment // faeriesfolly)
This was in my Facebook inbox this morning from one of the librarians at a near-by branch. I had to share because it makes me feel awesome. :)

Tonight I had a young lady, senior in high school, come into the branch with her family. Her siblings were registering for src and so I told her about the teen component. Her face lit up and she started telling me how she didn't like reading until she visited SPK. She said her dad told her she couldn't leave till she had a book in hand. She dragged herself to the info desk and you were the one who helped her. (well I decided it had to be you when she described your enthusiasm) She told you the only book she ever enjoyed was Hunger Games. At this point she said the librarian became so excited she was spazzing out. It was pretty funny she starting waving her arms etc and you recommended several titles but I remember The Uglies. She said she read every one and rattled off other titles that I've seen you post about. I asked her if she were on teen facebook and she said no so I told her about it and that she could get more recommendations from you there. She said please tell her everything you see here, and she waved her hand from her head to her feet, is all because of her! It was very sweet. I hope she tries to get in touch and tell you herself.

How awesome is that? Usually I worry (after the fact) that my spazzing will scare the children away from reading. But apparently she found it endearing and really enjoyed the books I gave her. So, YAY!
orangerful: (oh balls // orangerful)
my brain was just not ready for Monday. Could not wake up this morning. forgot my water bottle. Forgot I had cash in my wallet when I went to pay for lunch. Forgot to bring a pan over to [livejournal.com profile] maybedeadcat's to cook dinner after we spent 5 minutes cleaning it off at my place, forgot to put the chicken nuggets in the oven (since we didn't have the pan, we went with option 2)...almost burned his arm with the pot of vegetables as I was serving them up and then hit him with the fork while I was eating.

Just...i think I need a mulligan.

Tomorrow is our first program for summer reading club which means it will be madness. I may need an adult beverage right at 5.

Just gotta make it to Thursday...it's my friday off and I am going to just take it slow and easy.
orangerful: (oops face // orangerful)
Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] andy_wolverton's birthday party, 6 of us sitting around playing Pictionary and having fun.

Person1 - who is playing who here?
KLo - We've got a few teams
Me - Yeah *gestures* we've got Team Couch, Team Chair, and Team Stool.
KLo - Er...Sam?
Everyone else - .... LOL!!!!!!!!
Me - ??? OH !!!!!!! *facepalm*

Today, in the break room while enjoying delicious cake:

KT - Does anyone want some Slim Fast? My daughter bought it but doesn't want it.
*we all start talking about foods and stuff, eventually someone claims it*
KT - Oh well does anyone also want any *pauses to think of the word* softener.
Me - OMG KT! TMI!
KT - ?? It's got the little bear on it, I think it's scented.
Me - OOOOH FABRIC SOFTENER!!!!!!!!! *turns bright red and begins to laugh like crazy*
KLo - Go Team Stool.
Me - *dies*
orangerful: (librarian moment // faeriesfolly)

Zoo Storytime 8/18/2010
Originally uploaded by orangerful
Don't you wish your librarian is a dork like me?

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] andy_wolverton for snapping these photos while I spazzed out in front of the children.
orangerful: (slayer button // orangerful)
Well, I had meant to do things before going in to work today, but it was very dark and gloomy in Maryland. So when I woke up and it was still "dark" outside, I just rolled over and went right back to sleep until my last-minute alarm went off. We'll start the whole work out thing next week....

Tomorrow I have what I'm sure will be a riveting 8 hour training session on Microsoft Word 2007. I'm not sure what we'll be doing all day but it says 8:30-4:30. I'm hoping there is an hour lunch break in there somewhere. And maybe a few 15 minute breaks scattered in there too.

I had my first storytime since 2008 tonight - it was SO much fun! Small group of 12 kids but they were very good listeners and participated with the songs and the activities. Weirdest thing was the parents appluaded after each book/activity. Really sorta threw me the first time haha. This was just a favor for one of the other librarians who was on vacation today, my regular run is in late September. Gotta brainstorm some different themes next month. EDIT: I posted my storytime plan to my Blogger, if you're interested.

Got a bit of a scare this morning when my credit card people called and said I had missed a payment! Forgot to set it up before I went to Maine and then deleted it from my to-do list. Whoops. Luckily, this was the first time it had ever happened so they forgave my late fee.

I watched the first episode of Jekyll last night. Damn that was creepy. I'm going to put it on hold for a bit while I try to catch up on Doctor Who so [livejournal.com profile] faeriesfolly and I can watch together, but I have to say I was impressed with the concept. And the actor playing Jekyll/Hyde is just really good at looking SO different (and his old boss is Wedge Antilles...random Star Wars connection FTW!). It is really dark though, much darker than the Doctor or Sherlock. There were a few throw away lines meant for a laugh but it's hard to giggle when you know the psycho killer could appear at any time and murder someone's friends/family.

And now I gotta make myself get to bed! Usually Thursdays are my 1-9 shift, but that training has me up early. Might be a good coffee day...
orangerful: (FotC Brett & Squirrel // orangerful)
This morning I had to go to work early to take part in a court hearing. Luckily, the court house is located about 2 blocks up from the library, so I just parked in my usual spot in the garage. The subpeona said 8:30am, so I figured I better get there around 8am because I didn' tknow where the courthouse was or how the whole thing worked. So I woke up early, ate breakfast in the car, drove up there - no problem.

I remembered that cell phones/ipods are not allowed in the court, so I made sure to take them out of my purse. I grabbed my water bottle and headed towards the court house. I got down there and had a moment of panic because I couldn't remember the address. Eventually I figured it out but then I also remembered that I forgot to put my parking garage tag in my window!!! So I speed-walked back to the garage, hopped up the 3 flights of stairs and put my tag in the window before the parking enforcement rolled through.

Feeling pretty good about myself, I walked back to the court house, only to get inside and be told that, along with cell phones and iPods, you can't have water in the court room either. Since it was in my nice pretty Nalgene bottle, I had to speed walk back to my car AGAIN (took the elevator to the third floor this time) and put my bottle in my car. Needless to say, by the time I was actually where I needed to be, I was flushed, sweaty, and not a little bit smelly. Wonderful way to start the day!

But it went by fast. One of the other librarians hosted FOOD FEAR FACTOR this afternoon and I helped out. Nothing too gross, though it smelled pretty funky in there. There was raw ginger, marinated cactus, whole squid, pickled herring, wasabi peas, dried plantains, hot chiles of some kind, seaweed, and a peanut butter + mustard + tomato + anchovie sandwich. The teens were are pretty brave and tried everything. It was a lot of fun watching them react to some of the stronger stuff, but everyone was a fan of something.

I also managed to spill water on myself while driving home (since I had some left over) but I was so hot and sticky by then that it actually felt good.

Now we're heading over to [livejournal.com profile] simontrueheart's to watch Coraline in 3D and have some pizza...
orangerful: (dexter shhh // orangerful)
I'm totally in denial about leaving my job at Broadneck. It's so weird. I had to fill out all of these forms for classes today and they all asked what my current job was. For 2 more days it's Library Associate. After that it is Librarian. OMG, what have I gotten myself into!

Tried to do some homework reading tonight too. Collection Development sounds interesting until they mention statistics, and then I panic. I don't remember anything about stats anymore. I know it was only a year ago but still, math = yucky. My other course was recommended for the Young Adult Services track, but it seems to lie heavily on the side of school librarians. The prof. says there will be non-school relevance though. I hope so. I printed all of the articles out so I need to read a couple tonight so I can post some comments tomorrow or Friday.

ack...Wednesday and Thursday and then that's it...no more AACPL. It's so sad. I started working in the system when I was 15! I put books away for 7 years, all through high school and college. I've met so many wonderful people, behind and in front of the desk. I know Harford will have wonderful people too but it's still scary. I have to start from scratch when it comes to meeting people and stuff. meep!!!!

And I KNOW I'm going to cry so bad after dinner on Friday. Heck, I'll probably start crying when I take those last few toys off my desk Thursday night. It's all happening so fast!

I am going to try to blog all of my new experiences though. I won't bore you with it on Livejournal, but if you're interested in my ya library stuff, I am going to use my Blogger blog. If you want, I can make an LJ feed. I'm hoping I can make myself update weekly.
orangerful: (kicker extras // orangerful)
I found this slip of paper in one of our Young Adult books awhile back (I'm kicking myself for not writing down which title it was). It tugs at my librarian heartstrings so I thought I would share it with you:

post-it note scans under the cut )
orangerful: (party girl // orangerful)
I had my teen program tonight - "Gamer Gathering : Musical Edition". It went very well, we had 14 kids show up! Lots of new faces. And a lot more girls! I think that is because we offered DDR. We also had Guitar Hero set up, and a Wii - because what is a video game party without a Wii??

I'm hoping I can do more of these next year. I'd like to have them every 3 months or so. Make it a regularly scheduled event sort of thing, instead of random dates. The kids love them, and I had one parent thank me before she left, saying that she was so happy we had programs like this so the kids had somewhere to hang out and she didn't have to worry about them. I think it helps our relationship with the teens too. Hopefully they won't be afraid of me as much. They'll probably say "Hey, she was the librarian that sucked so bad at Guitar Hero, perhaps I'll ask her a question about my homework."

YAY! I got a Fedex notice in my email which means my Battlestar Galactica Series 2 MiniMates have shipped! I cannot wait to see how cute they look! I mean, Tigh comes with a flask! How great is that? Definitely need to clear space on my desk to make room for them...

I have now watched 4 episodes of 'Black Books'. Dylan Moran seems to be a cross between John Cusack and Dave Matthews - which means I think he's attractive but at the same time he's a bit twitchy and odd. Plus, he's Irish. So, pretty much I can't look away but something is just not right with that boy. He is hilarious though. The entire cast is. We watched 'The Blackout' tonight, and Manny had had a ton of espresso and coffee and was running around the bookstore and all I could think was "Yeah, that is SO [livejournal.com profile] heiland_coo & I after one iced coffee!"

Mmmmm...iced coffee....I should get up early tomorrow and spin by Dunkin Donuts and get one of those disgustingly delicious drinks. (Seriously, I do not like coffee but something about iced coffee....) Only $1.04!
orangerful: (h/hr icon // faeriesfolly)
Since every time I post from flickr, my posts seem to not show up on you all's friend's lists, I'm just going to post a link!

So, I uploaded a handful of pictures from our Harry Potter program that [livejournal.com profile] heiland_coo's husband, Joe, took on the night of the event. So you can see more of me in costume, and also the awesome Monster Book of Monsters that [livejournal.com profile] heiland_coo made!

Click here for pics!

And if you haven't seen my Maine/Boston photos - click here

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