Category Archives: Libraries

Notes

My life has felt a little out of control the last few weeks, which has led me to cleaning my desk. As is always the case, I have encountered notes on meeting agendas that now make no sense to me. Most of them are like this:

What I Do at Meetings

The pictures aren’t mysterious, because I’m always doodling. It’s the math that baffles me. If I’m doing math, there’s usually a pretty good reason for it, the kind of thing that sticks in my head.

Because my math is almost always about money. Money I might have or money I might not have. Sometimes … Read the rest

For Years, I Was the Person Reminding the Person in Charge to Refill the Chocolate

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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

What I Did in Storytime Today and How It Worked Out

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

Stuff I’ve Found at HPL, Part 2

Okay, so Part 1 was quite some time ago.

But we’ve found more stuff. Like this catalog card sorter:

You Know You're Jealous of Our 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:

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To me, they look like tiny envelopes … Read the rest

Strategic Planning: Mission and Vision Updates

For those of you keeping track, the Board approved the library’s new mission and vision statements at tonight’s meeting. They are:

Mission
Henrietta Public Library: where our community connects, discovers, and learns.

Vision
Henrietta will be known for its library, the heart of a diverse community.

Although to me they’ll always be:

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The Mysteries of HPL… REVEALED

This is HPL:

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

If Any Of You Are Considering Coming to My Pizza and Homeschooling Presention at RRLC on March 11…

You should know I’m redesigning my presentation. Right now, it looks like this:

Reworking Homeschooling Presentation

I know that now you’re probably so super-excited for the presentation that you can hardly stand it, but you’re going to have to wait a week. From tomorrow. Find full details here.… Read the rest

Strategic Planning: Building Our Mission and Vision Statements

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

Inspiration and Ideas, Part 2

So a few places I’ve been finding inspiration lately.

I Like to Keep a Mix of Business and Inspiration Above My Desk at Work

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

Library Card Sign Up Day at RIT

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