Thursday, September 17, 2009

Last Friday was the first Family Fun Night of the semester. Usually I get stuck with this "pleasure" for the first one because no student groups have signed up to host it. The first FFN this year just happened to be occurring after I had been back to campus for a grand total of 4 days.

As I did last year, I tried to pull the theme from the public library's summer reading club and use some sort of reading and craft that we did over the summer so I would already have a book selection and ideas for crafts because at the beginning of the semester when classes are just beginning I am not in the mood to be scrambling to come up with a craft project when I have to do the program in 2 days.

So the week drew near and I got back to campus. I went to see the people in the library almost immediately after I got back and unpacked so we could start doing more detailed planning. I didn't do a lot of story times this year so I had talked to the children's librarian back home to get some ideas.

What I ended coming up with was a library safari, since the public library summer reading program that summer had been READ on the Wild Side! I was going to read a couple of picture books about the jungle and have them make safari vests out of grocery bags before we went of on a safari in the library. I placed stuffed animals around the library with facts about each animal underneath. The kids' job was to find the animals and write down at least one fact about each one. They really seemed to enjoy it. I don't think the students who were actually using the library really appreciated it all that much though. I tried to keep the mayhem away from the side of the library that had most of the study tables, but I couldn't watch all 18 kids at once.

I was excited to see that the kids found a library experience fun (even if there was a little bit of learning snuck in.)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Where to begin?

I guess this thought for creation came upon me a while ago, but apparently I do not do well in taking action for my thoughts until late at night when I should be sleeping.

There are the nanny diaries, the au pair diaries, and everyone and their brother has a computer and is capable of writing a blog, so why not a young lone librarian? I don't know how many people will actually be interested, but does it really matter? I guess I'm doing this as yet another way to record my daily life and thoughts, as well as a way to work through things because I never seem to be fully able to do so unless I write out what I am thinking.

I am 22 and I am a librarian. I don't know what more I can really say. I'm currently in the final year of my undergraduate education where I am studying English. I've been working in the library to some degree for as long as I remember, but I began working at the local public library when I was a sophomore in high school. I've been there ever since and I plan to pursue a Masters degree in Library Science once I graduate.

This blog won't always be about library life, the life of cardigan sweaters, story time, and shelf-reading, but I guess it will be a glimpse into my life as a student and future librarian.

I don't really know where to start. I do have one thing that has been on my mind recently but I don't think anyone will really have any insight. I have been wondering recently why there are two man stereotypical views of librarians. There is the older, uptight, matronly librarian that wears cardigan sweaters, glasses on a chain, and hair severely tied back who does nothing but look down at you in disdain when your books are late, but there is also the "naughty" librarian. Where did the idea of the "naughty" librarian come from. And why is it so appealing?