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: (pinkie OMG)
Thank you for all the positive vibes this week for my interview. Despite being nervous, I think I did really well! Like all interviews, after I got home that night I was doing the "OMG I should have said THAT!" inner monologue. But I was satisfied with how I did.

The real fun will be next week when I have an interview for Branch Manager. This one is a bit more challenging since there will be people from outside the system and I have no idea how many people applied. They only have one day of interviews so I think it must be around five people, but it is all about experience.

But I'm feeling pretty good about my preparation technique. I'm going to tweak my notes before the interview so I'm ready (they give you the questions about 20 minutes before the interview so you can get your thoughts together).

At least I have kept myself busy this week with the Escape Room program. Just finished up my second round of groups and the kids loved it. Tomorrow I have a full day of the program. Hardest part is not giving them hints but if they are running out of time, I can't help myself! They all seemed to have fun and the chocolate at the end really made their day LOL.

And now it is time to shut down the library and head home for PIZZA! TTFN
orangerful: (kermit)
Thank you guys so much for your great responses to my thinky-thoughts post from Saturday. There's just no "right" answer to any of this stuff and each human experience is unique, but it is also very human to want to clump people together. It was great to read some feedback from people who have experienced the world in that part of the country.

It's been a week - on Friday, the contractor the insurance recommended came by to rip up the kitchen floors so they spot that was water damaged could dry out. So for a week we have been living with this:

There is a big fan and a humidifier going non-stop in the kitchen. The plastic is to keep the air trapped so we're not drying out the whole house. I didn't mind it so much at first, but now it feels like we are living on a ship. And it also feels like we are living in Elliot's house during the last half hour of E.T. and Peter Coyote is about to come out of my kitchen in a hazmat suit and tell me E.T. is dead. :\

Good news is they are supposed to stop by and take a moisture reading and see if everything is dry enough. We picked out some tile so we can give them that information tomorrow too and get that started.

Two promotions have opened up at work and I was planning on going for one of them but after careful contemplation, I've decided to try for both. One would just be a step up in the same branch, a brand new position that my manager has been trying to get for awhile. The other is a manager position at a branch down the road from my house. That spot opened up because of shenanigans with the recent hire, an outside person, who totally broke every "things not to do when you are a new manager" rule in the book before the 6 month probation was over. She "resigned" last week.

I've been with the library system for 7 years now at this branch and I've been working in public libraries full time for over 10 years. While I'm super comfortable in my current position, I feel like maybe I need to push myself and try for this. Everyone has been REALLY supportive. I'm getting some coaching from two other managers this week and next to help me with the interview. But I don't want to assume I have the job because they did post it for outside hires...though they only posted it for a couple weeks.

Anyway, I haven't written a resume in YEARS or done an interview - I know I am VERY lucky - so I've been stressing out about all of this since Friday. I'm done with the paper work part though, I'm submitting all of that tomorrow. Next up is "studying" for the interview because I have a TON of experiences to pull from...I just need to remember what they all are!!!

And now I should probably get to bed because the contractor will be here bright and early and I don't really want to greet him in my pajamas. :P
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:

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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: (hermione knows it all // orangerful)
FYI tomorrow, February 2nd, is the official Harry Potter Book Night, an INTERNATIONAL event started by the UK publisher. You can find details about the event on their website AND a map of all the locations all over the world that will be participating!

And guess who was crazy enough to volunteer to host the program at the library?

#HarryPotterBookNight tomorrow @aacpl Severna Park Library! Stop in anytime from 6pm-8pm for magical fun! @bloomsburypublishing
Super fun photo booth props for #HarryPotterBookNight ! Stop by tomorrow night and cast some spells with us! @aacpl Severna Park 6pm-8pm


And because we already had a Great Movies program in the meeting room, I will be hosting the event in the library proper. We will transform the library into a Hogwarts of our own making! I've gathered supplies from branches all around our system because Potterheads are plentiful in a library system. A few teachers from local schools have volunteered to come read from the books and several staff are bringing in their collectibles to show off.

I really have no idea what to expect. We didn't advertise much in the branch, but it was in our fliers and I made sure it was on the official website so we will see! Could be 30 people, good be 100! I'm not sure which I want more! Big programs are exhausting but so fulfilling because we see faces we don't usually see, not just the preschool students but all ages.

Anyway, I need to get some rest! It will be non-stop tomorrow because I may have also booked myself for a school visit in the afternoon LOL. Yeah, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

If you go to a Harry Potter Book Night near you, make sure you post pictures!!! I want to steal their ideas for next year see what others are doing!
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: (abby cadabby // orangerful)
How I feel while playing the ukulele at storytime:

I literally play two chords, and "play" is being used loosely here as I am not smooth enough yet to change without looking so if I go the route of trying to maintain eye contact with the kids, I tend to put the fingers in the wrong spot.
orangerful: (omg ponies // orangerful)
holy guacamole 35 toddlers in the 9:30 program! OMG I AM SO SWEATY AND GROSS AND IT IS ONLY 10:15! And I have a second program at 10:30. Chugging coffee now to try to get my energy back up. They were such a rowdy bunch, last week they were so chill and today it is all RUN AROUND THE LIBRARIAN!

**breathes in**

**breathes out**

So how is everyone else's Thursday going?

We finally started watching Ash vs. Evil Dead and I LOVE IT. It is just so ridiculous and over the top. We've only got two episodes left in the first season and I really feel like it is true to the Evil Dead series in tone. Plus, Bruce Campbell, how I hearts him. I was telling Tim the other day that somewhere in my box o' random crap (everyone has one of those right?) there is a PRINT OUT (nerd alert!) of Bruce Campbell's website, back when it was so rare for actors to have their own official sites, let alone ones that they ran themselves. I need to find that...

Okay, time to knock back the last of this coffee and head down to the room for round 2.
orangerful: (hermione knows it all // orangerful)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (the rehearsal script) will be published on July 31st and cataloging librarians are having fun debating where this book should live (when it eventually gets to a shelf...which might take awhile).

So, gentle readers - what do you think?

The librarian in me is annoyed that it not a prose novel but a script, and feels like it should go into the 800s with the rest of the plays.

Children's Librarian/Youth Librarian in me thinks it would make the browsers life easier if it were on the shelf as a normal book, possibly even fudging the author call number so it lives next to the rest of the series.

The Harry Potter fan in me (which isn't a huge one, my HP fandom is low-key but still) is annoyed that this is not actually written by JK (yeah yeah she "approved" it), is a play, it not really meant for children and is full of emo-Harry and Son and could possibly ruin the entire series and wants to ignore it and therefore wants to hide it in the 800s so no one finds it after the shine wears off in a year.

What do you all think? And I want both sides - I know some of you work in libraries and some of you are normal humans (LOL! NO TRUE YOU ARE MY FRIENDS SO YOU CAN'T BE NORMAL!) but what are your thoughts????????? Where should Harry and his cursed child live?
orangerful: (pigeon w books // orangerful)
11: What book fandom do you affiliate yourself with the most?
I'm not sure I've ever been involved in a book fandom...though I do fangirl over a lot of books, it is usually just me telling people at the library why they should pick up that book to read LOL.
But if I had to go by random stuff around my house and on my shelves, I would have to say 'Hitchhiker's Guide'. I have several editions of the books, I have the t-shirt, etc. :)

12: Tell one book story or memory (what you were wearing when you were reading something, someone saw you cry in public, you threw a book across the room and broke a window, etc.)
A few years back, I decided to pick up 'The Giver' by Lois Lowry. I had been forced to read this book in 6th grade and I didn't like it at all. But I wanted to go back because so many people referred to it as a modern classic and talked about how it was near and dear to their hearts.

So, I checked it out and I fell in love with it (12 year old me was far too self-involved to understand the message, plus I always failed at reading assigned books).

ANYWAY, I was carrying it around with me to read everywhere I went and I had to stop at Chik-Fil-A for lunch on my way to a meeting. I was reading the book while eating my sandwich and one of the employees walked by. He did a double take at the cover, stopped and said "OMG THAT IS MY FAVORITE BOOK!! IT IS SO GOOD!" and I told him I was enjoyed it and we had this nice little moment of "the power of books" and I will always remember it. <3

13: What character would be your best friend in real life?
I think Schmendrick the Magician and I would get along well LOL. We both try our best to be good friends, even if we don't always do it perfectly.

14: Favorite item of book merch
'Hitchhiker's Guide' t-shirt my Mom bought me a few years ago.
I also have a Mockingjay pin that I bought BEFORE IT WAS COOL #hipsterlibrarian. Seriously, Hot Topic was selling those things before the movie was even a thing.
Also, I have a copy of 'The Last Unicorn' that Peter Beagle autographed, then wrote a few pages of the Schmendrick story in, and this his publisher did a Unicorn doodle in the inside flap. (too bad they had a falling out recently, sorta taints the whole thing but oh well).

In non-meme news, today was our big kick off event at the library for Summer Reading! It was insanely hot outside and inside but we had fun. I'm sure we had at least 200 kids. I was in charge of the bowling station (this year's theme is sports so we had a little carnival games set up in our meeting room). The kids seem to really like it, many of them played over and over. And I had LOTS of smiling faces greet me, recognizing me from the school visits I did last week. Always nice to see them and I'm always impressed that they remember me.

I kinda want to sign up for this round of [livejournal.com profile] character20n20 but I'm not sure who I want to icon. Maybe I could do Rey...I need some TFA icons. OR I could do Han Solo and then I'd have 4 movies to pull from, though there are lots of other movies I love that I could pick from...thoughts?

And now I will end the post with a photo of my E.T. shelf - drunk E.T. has joined the crew!
clicky for cuteness )
orangerful: (librarian moment // faeriesfolly)
I've done this before and it worked out well! You guys are all such big readers! I'm working on my school visit booktalks for elementary and middle school for later this month. A "book talk" is sort of like a commercial for a book - not a summary, but a teaser trailer.

I know you guys have read some great children's and teen books this past year. I'm looking for newish titles (2014-2016) that you have read and loved and would be willing to tell me more about. I'm talking 5 sentences, your best "IN A WORLD" trailer write up.

If you have a title in mind, please comment! I want all kinds of books and stories because the more I have, the more kids, tweens and teens I have a chance of getting to pick up a book that probably wouldn't. :)

Thank you!!!
orangerful: (abby cadabby // orangerful)
Just finished up my preschool storytime this morning. One of the things I like to do when it comes to the craft is keep it really freeform and open, giving me a chance to talk to all the kids one-on-one for a bit.

ANYWAY, today I had identical twin girls who Mom (or maybe the Au Pair/Nanny) decided to dress in matching outfits today and do their hair the same. I feel like if I was an identical twin, I would not like this, but whatever.

So I walk over and approached the one little girl (I deduce that her name is Lily because someone has written it on her artwork for her) and start to talk to her. She just kinda looks at me and slowly speaks a few words. Before she can finish her sentence, the other twin jumps in, talking loudly and very quickly, pointing at all the things on her paper, telling me everything. I acknowledge her then go back to trying to listen to Lily. Lily seems a bit surprised that I am paying any attention to her, and her sister is still yammering on in my ear. Finally, I looked at Lily and said "Do you know this girl?" and pointed to her sister.

Her face, omg, I wish I had a camera at that moment because you could tell this question had never been asked and it blew her mind. LOL.

Then the nanny tried to help out and give the sister some focus, she asked "what is your name?" and she was all "Piper Madeline" and then she asked "How old are you?" and she said "THREE!" and then I looked at Lily and said "How old are you?" which made her kind of smile and she *started* to say something but then Piper started talking again! I gave Lily a kind of look and AGAIN HER FACE! Even as a three year old, Lily has already perfected the "Yes, this is my life" face as her sister babbled on and on in my ear about who knows what.

Also, I had two people ask me today if I had kids because my storytime was so good. I told them I just hang out with them a lot and also drink dunkin donuts coffee. :P
orangerful: (i heart my friends // orangerful)

Surprise in the mail from my BFF Amy! #librarian #littlepeople #toys

My BFF [livejournal.com profile] heiland_coo sent this to me, totally brightened up my Monday (though it is pretty damn bright here in Maryland today, 88 degrees and SUNNY!)

Also, I went to the store after work to pick up some charcoal so I could grill tonight and when I was checking out, the clerk told me that they all loved my R2-D2 purse and it comes up all the time in conversation. I'm a celebrity in Pasadena LOL!

I need to write that gag review for ThinkGeek, telling them how *dangerous* this purse is because people yell at you from across the store to tell you how awesome it is. LOL.

EDIT: Here is the purse

Don't worry, my Mom did not pay that much for it! I sent her the link when it was on sale and hinted that I thought it was awesome and wish I had one. :)
orangerful: (doctor who pointing // orangerful)
While we were all ranting and raving about how Doctor Who will no longer be streaming, it suddenly dawned on me that maybe I should search my library's catalog and see if we have Season 9.

And we do.

So I'm on the wait list now for Part 1 and 2.

I think most public libraries have DVDs now, so if you are struggling to finish the series or suddenly have an urge to binge watch them all again, check your local system! We just opened up our catalog to do inter-library loans of DVDs as well so that other libraries in the state of Maryland can request them from us so I'm betting even your small town library might be able to ILL the item for you.

Free and legal! Suck it BBC!
orangerful: (book abby reading)
Books for the Beast was a lot of fun. Even though I didn't actually *read* Jennifer Donnelly's book, I enjoyed her keynote speech about her writing process. Just placed a hold on her upcoming novel, These Shallow Graves, which sounded really good.

Also snagged a copy of Brian Selznick's new books The Marvels which I started last night and I am really enjoying. His books are just a whole different world. If you've never flipped through a Selznick books, you're missing out on his amazing blend of art and text. Last night I read 392 pages and they were all artwork, lovely charcoal sketches, each page a rich piece of storytelling art.

In music news, Panic! At the Disco has a new album coming out in January! Sylvia and I are very excited. Hoping he does a proper tour so we can snag tickets to a venue nearby that will allow 14 year olds. New video went up yetserday. I like the song though I am not 100% sure the video goes with it. (but ever since LEGEND I do find a guy in full on demon make up fascinating to watch...I blame Tim Curry)

And in hilarious work news, someone though it would be "helpful" to donate their old LIFE magazine to the library. Just one issue. From 1950.

Today in library donations.  1950 Life magazine. #library #donation

Didn't seem to be anything of significance about this issue. Not amazing cover story or interviews. We did have a fun time looking at the old ads, like this one:

No throat irritation (just cancer) #donation #smoking #lifemagazine

No throat irritation. Just cancer.

Bad news is that we missed out on RenFest this year. Been too busy on the weekends, with the house and wedding. I haven't missed a RenFest in years, sorta bummed but what can ya do?

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. :)
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: (librarian moment // faeriesfolly)
Just in case anyone was looking for a job or a new job, Prince George's County Public Library is looking for a Children's Librarian - no Master's required, just need a bachelor degree and an enthusiasm for children's programming!

Info here

The branch manager there was one of the first librarians I ever worked for and she is awesome so, just sayin.
orangerful: (librarian moment // faeriesfolly)
I'm posting while at work but it is okay because it is about work stuff! And I know you all would be awesome at helping me with this!

I'm going to visit the middle school in May/June. Originally I was going to just promote the Summer Reading program BUT the teens seems to have been forgotten from the program this year (don't get my started, that is a rant for another post).

ANYWAY I just read a blog post about using gifs in booktalks and I feel like this is the way to go to make my presentation more amusing for the kids.

And I KNOW you all have giant folders full of awesome GIFS and also large GoodReads lists of fantastic books to recommend. If you are willing to share with me, that would be awesome and make my presentation that much better.

Target audience is 6th and 7th graders. So that's 12-14 year olds. Of course, their interests and reading levels will vary so give me what you think would be good suggestions. I've got a few of my own already but I know we all ready different stuff. :)

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