How the times do change. John was totally right, of course, so I took care of the problem right away. I even got the good kind of chocolate. I anticipate visitors.… Read the rest
Category Archives: Libraries
Anne went to a training thing today, so I got to do her storytimes. I felt a little nervous about it, to be honest, because I’m out of practice and wanted to do a good job (Anne does excellent storytimes), but I wound up having so much fun.
Storytime #1: The Babies
For this, I searched my own blog, found this post I did on my Stories for Wee Ones at WPL, and used the rhyme and song plan I posted there. It was like visiting old friends: “Wiggle Fingers,” “Here is a Beehive,” “Five Plump Peas.” Those guys are … Read the rest
Okay, so Part 1 was quite some time ago.
But we’ve found more stuff. Like this catalog card sorter:
I have to say it again: a catalog card sorter.
I missed card catalogs so much the day Cathy found this, not for practical purposes like actually finding something for a patron, but I did always love browsing card catalogs back when they were still around. Sometimes I’d just open a drawer to see what was inside.
Something I found one day were these interlibrary loan envelopes that are both adorable and crazy:
To me, they look like tiny envelopes … Read the rest
For those of you keeping track, the Board approved the library’s new mission and vision statements at tonight’s meeting. They are:
Henrietta Public Library: where our community connects, discovers, and learns.
Henrietta will be known for its library, the heart of a diverse community.
Although to me they’ll always be:
This is HPL:
The most distinctive feature of the building, as you are no doubt noticing, is the tower on the roof. HPL was built in 1978, and the tower was meant to house the HVAC, which the builders intended to be powered by solar panels.
That didn’t work out.
Since then, they’ve put a couple different HVAC systems up there. The current one works most of the time, although I seem to wind up climbing into the tower once a week or so to reset a unit that isn’t working. That usually does the trick. And when I say … Read the rest
You should know I’m redesigning my presentation. Right now, it looks like this:
So I’ve been running a library for a little more than six months now. It’s probably time to start talking about what I’m up to.
I decided before I even started at HPL that we needed a strategic plan–I talked about it in my interview, in fact–but once I started, I was overwhelmed by how big a task it would be amid all the other things I needed to learn and do. So I spent time thinking and observing and reading and talking and thinking some more. Finally, I made a strategic planning plan.
This is, I’ll admit, one … Read the rest
So a few places I’ve been finding inspiration lately.
First, and especially since our move, I’ve been feeling pretty inspired by my cat Ella. She has this arthritis in her back legs that clearly bothers her and makes it hard for her to move around, but she’s so sanguine about it. She keeps doing all the things she wants to do, even though it maybe takes her longer or is clumsy. I don’t just want to be more like that; I have to be more like that. I mean, if my cat can handle life with such grace, can’t I?… Read the rest
A few months ago, one of the librarians at RIT contacted me about the possibility of having a public library card sign up day at their library. She was thinking that even students who couldn’t get transportation to our library could still access all kinds of wonderful things through OverDrive (our ebook and downloadable audiobook system). We have a lot of students living in our town, and the idea of doing more to serve their needs and also to collaborate with our area colleges has come up multiple times in brainstorming sessions with staff, and I thought this would be … Read the rest
Being in charge of a library is not nonstop fun all day.
But it’s pretty fun.
For instance, a few months ago, I told the staff that my dress code requirement was “not dirty.” So, in other words, I don’t care if my colleagues wear jeans or t-shirts or whatever, as long as they’re clean. This change (jeans and t-shirts were previously not allowed) was not without controversy, but I let it stand, for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, I employ intelligent and capable adults who can pick out their own clothes without my assistance. Also, library work … Read the rest