Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy All Hallow’s Read!

It’s Halloween! Not only is this my favorite holiday (after Talk Like A Pirate Day, of course), but it’s made even better with the addition of All Hallow’s Read! I did end up making some video readings, and I hope to do a couple more on Thursday (All Hallow’s Day :D). Here is a link to the introduction post, which has links to the actual readings in the description:

 

Let me know what you think! I had a lot of fun with these, and I’d like to do more soon. Do you have any ideas for future readings?

Keep bookaneering, mateys! I know I will!

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Vlogganeering Has Commenced!

I have finally decided, as my last act of Bold Moves October, to actually start the vlogging I keep talking about. So here it is: my first video!

I hope you enjoy it! Can you guess which part makes me laugh every time?

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

Lots of big news happening in and around the library the last couple weeks!

First of all, the biggest news: I was chosen for the promotion to Library Specialist in our Adult Services department! I started last week with training, and am now a member of the library’s reference staff. This is my second promotion since I started working for the library district last December, and I’m very excited about it. It’s a new department with new responsibilities, and I’ve already been selected to attend some product presentations on behalf of my supervisor to decide if we want to purchase new software for the library (one of those was last week, on my third day!). I’m really looking forward to learning new things and helping other people learn things too. In this department I get to put on programs of my own choosing every six weeks or so, and my first one will be on Valentine’s Day! I’m planning on having a cool retro Sock Hop, and I really hope it’s successful! Do you all have any ideas about programs you’d like to see at the library? I would love some suggestions!

Speaking of successful, our party to kick of National Friends of the Libraries Week went swimmingly! After a month of meetings and planning and creating posters and setting up displays, the big day finally arrived on Sunday, and everyone loved it. We committee members came in at noon to set up and place the decorations, and festivities started at three. The program was very cool and featured a great slideshow presentation, the food was delicious, the music was perfect (I was placed in charge of music because I had an old CD made by a friend when we graduated from high school, full of songs about friendship) and all of our guests seemed to have a really wonderful time. My friend the Brash Librarian was there, too, as well as members of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, some of our local political representatives, and many of our Friends. The best part was when one of the Board of Trustees mentioned my centerpiece tags in her speech! It was so flattering, and I was a little embarrassed. My fellow committee member GM and I had designed the centerpieces around all the things our Friends have done for us, so each table was unique. They featured pictures of our bookmobile, author galas, book donation bundles, music CDs, children’s books, and more. On each centerpiece we hung a tag that gave a little more information about what each centerpiece represented. We worked really hard on them and all the guests seemed to have fun going to each table and learning about how much the Friends do for us! Some of our Friends were surprised to learn about all the different ways they’ve helped us over the years!

Another sad change is the closing of one of my favorite places in town, the Laboratory. I’ve been going to the Lab since they opened three years ago, and it’s been incredible to watch how they’ve changed and grown over that time. I even had my graduation lunch with all my family members there, and Larry (the owner) opened the place early just for us. Unfortunately, the building is under new ownership, and Larry is unable to afford the much higher rent the new landlord plans to charge, so they will be closing at the end of this month. Last Thursday marked the very last Nerd Nite to occur at the Lab. One of the guys who runs our local Nerd Nite, CD, asked me and my wench troupe (one of whom is my friend Toni) to perform there after seeing us at an open mic night. We were happy to oblige, and managed to gather a bedful (our term for a quorum/majority) of our gang to sing some naughty songs and have some fun. We all had a good time, and I think the crowd did too! Afterward were some very cool presentations, and we even made ice cream with liquid nitrogen! On Saturday, the Lab held its pre-Halloween party (since they’ll be closed by actual Halloween) and I dressed in my Velma costume (which I will be wearing on Halloween at the library!) and went to hang out and bid farewell to such a great venue. Larry gave a very touching speech, and I cried a lot, but in the end it was a beautiful evening and a nice way to put the old girl to bed, so to speak. 😦

Bold Moves October has been going well, I think; I’ve been making positive changes that I would have been otherwise too scared to do. I’ve been thinking about making video book reviews, but I’ve been too nervous to start them. I think with this last week of Bold Moves October I will finally get on the ball and start vlogging! I might do a reading for All Hallow’s Read, too, but I have to pick a story first! What do you think? Should the Bookaneer become a Vlogganeer?

And now, your Moment of Cute: A man with three small boys was checking out across the lobby, and his kids were getting a little antsy and running around. He warned them to stop running, and pointed at me, saying that I am mean and will tell them they can’t come back if they don’t behave. I interjected, protesting his throwing me under the bus but did tell the kids to please stop running. He and the boys came over after they were done checking out, and he said that they were going to apologize for running and they wouldn’t do it again. The oldest one, about 5, said, “But dad, I wasn’t running; I was speed-walking!” His dad says that he’s a future lawyer! 😀

Keep bookaneering!

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October is the Best Month

A few quick things about the library and then some things that are kind of related!

On Tuesday we had our big All-Staff meeting, as we do quarterly. It’s a great way to get all (roughly) 200 of us in one place and update everyone on goings-on at the library and in the community, and it’s where we honor people for their years of service. At this meeting, we talked about the upcoming Friends of the Library celebration (which I’m on the committee for, more on that later), our United Way fundraising drive, and the nominees (and winner) were announced for the Carole Hole Award, which is an award for outstanding customer service and outreach at the library. All the nominees were really inspiring, and then suddenly, my name was called! Someone had nominated me for the award?! I can tell you, it was COMPLETELY unexpected. I don’t even know what they said about me (besides that I’m always cheerful and happy to help) because I was too busy being dumbfounded and turning red. I was not the winner (the winner is a man who started a conversational English program for foreign speakers at his branch, much cooler than anything I do) but it was still an exceptional honor to be nominated. And the weird thing is this: NO ONE WILL TELL ME WHO NOMINATED ME. It’s driving me crazy!

Meanwhile, this week is Banned Book Week! We have several really cool displays in the Children’s Department, Teen Space, and Adult Services areas of the library. A couple of them feature challenged or banned books in a big cage, and another incorporates a Halloween theme; “Don’t Be Afraid of Banned Books!” This is a really important issue for me, especially, as a librarian-to-be and someone who loves the spreading of information and fights against censorship. I think it’s so crucial that information is kept flowing and free, and that’s one of the MANY reasons I want to become a librarian. (That and I really love the smell of books.)

Coming up later this month is National Friends of the Libraries Week. It’s October 21-27 and our library has decided to throw a big party to thank our Friends for their support and donations over the years. Since we became our own tax district, they’ve provided over $3.5 MILLION in various capacities to our library; including land purchases, a bookmobile refurbishment, scholarships for staff pursuing library degrees, and a myriad of other big and little things. As I mentioned, I’m on the committee, and I was put in charge of designing the big display sign! We had a meeting this morning and it feels really good to have my ideas listened to and implemented, especially since I’m both the newest and youngest employee on the committee. It’s incredibly gratifying to know that the poster that will soon be hanging in pretty much every branch started out as my idea that was scribbled on a legal pad. Part of our centerpieces for the party itself started out as my idea too. I love collaborating! And the best part is that the end of National Friends of the Libraries Week is the kick-off for  our Friends of the Library’s semi-annual Book Sale! It’s a five-day sale that is the biggest of its kind in the southeast US. People line up early on Saturday morning to get in, and they bring bags, boxes, and carts to haul their items away. There’s a really awesome Collector’s Corner that has rare and first editions, Tuesday is Half Price Day, and Wednesday, the last day of the sale, is Ten Cent Day. EVERYTHING is ten cents! I’ve definitely gone in on Wednesdays past with a couple bucks and come home with a bag or two of books and records (yes, records! They also have CDs, DVDs, and more. Not just books!) The sale happens twice a year (fall and spring) and, as I recently learned while designing my poster, each sale brings in $140-160,000. Amazing! We’re so lucky to have such a wonderful Friends association! The sale starts October 27th and runs through October 31st!

Now, it should come as no surprise that October is my favorite month. (Besides the Friends of the Library book sale.) It’s a great time of change, with weather and seasons and colors in nature shifting, and it ends with Halloween! (This year I’m dressing up as Velma from Scooby-Doo, and yes, I will go to work that way!) But there are a couple of other month-long celebrations that I’ve recently discovered that I’d like to share with you. The first is All Hallow’s Read, a celebration started by famous author Neil Gaiman which involves the giving of spooky books on Halloween, and has kind of evolved into a month-long book-giving extravaganza. You can either leave them in public places to be found by the next person, or present them as a gift. You can find out more here. The other thing I’ve discovered is the concept of Bold Moves October. The idea originated from a blog called “Date By Numbers” and it started out as a way to do something daring and gaining confidence in dating, but has become sort of a way to do ANYTHING bold this month, like dyeing your hair pink or going skydiving or applying to graduate school. I need a lot of practice at this, because even though I am a pirate I am apparently not a very good one because I’m not often spontaneous and daring. You can find out more about Bold Moves October here. (You can also see all the #boldmoves on tumblr here!) And not that it’s any of your business but I have made at least one bold move by asking a young man to go to the planetarium with me. He said he couldn’t go but maybe next time. SO BOLD! Another bold thing I’ll be doing (as soon as the grad application is back up on the website) is finally applying to graduate school for Library Science! I keep putting it off but there’s no reason to other than the fact that I’m kind of scared, and that’s the opposite of what Bold Moves October should be, so here I go!

Now boldly get out there and get bookaneering!

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