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The Bookaneer Works a Lot, Sings a Lot, and Goes to Grad School!

Ahoy mateys!

The last couple of weeks have been absolutely crazy busy with both library things and non-library things. I am on the display team for the Adult Services department and we’ve put up our big January display (World Music, pictures coming soon) and our February display is in the works! Our December display (Find Your Way to Fantasy, pictures coming soon) was a huge hit and I got a number of nice compliments on it! My coworker and I were responsible for most of this month’s display, and we’re really proud of how it turned out. If you’re in the area, you should stop by!

I am also on the committee for our Viva Florida 500 campaign. This year is the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s landing in Florida, and the whole state is having a year-long celebration! Our library district is going to have a speaker series, a time capsule, and lots of other cool events to commemorate. It’s been really interesting to learn some Florida history that I didn’t even know about! Keep an eye on our aclib.us website for upcoming Viva Florida events!

Another major event for The Bookaneer is the upcoming Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. I perform with a group of ladies wenches (including my friend Toni/Cupcake) called Just Desserts who sing bawdy songs and generally have a raucous good time with our audience. The Faire this year runs the last weekend in January (26-27) and the first weekend in February (1-3), with the 1st being Kids’ Day (no scheduled shows). We have three shows a day and I would LOVE to see you there! My stage name is Cherri Tart and you can be friends with her/me on Facebook!

As I mentioned in the title, I’ve also started graduate school! My friend the Brash Librarian and I are taking two classes together, since it’s his last semester and my first. We’re in Information Organization and Museum Informatics, and I’m already hooked after two weeks! I’m so glad I made the choice to be a librarian. It’s gonna be a tough road to balance both school and work, but I will make it happen!

I’ve made it my goal to post more updates, even if they are not as long as my former posts. My blog notebook is filling up with silly stories to share and it’s gonna be great! I’m also going to use my Tumblr and Facebook to interact with you all more, so be sure to follow me there as well! I also have a couple books picked out to do video readings of, and I’d love more more suggestions. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like to see!

Happy sailing and keep bookaneering!

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As a Pirate…

As a pirate, I need the ocean to survive. Unfortunately, I live in North Central Florida, and the beach is at least a couple of hours away in every direction. (I know, still pretty lucky) I’ve been craving the beach recently so I took my day off today and decided to make a beach day of it! I packed up my picnic basket, sunscreen and towel and took off for St. Augustine, a place known for its pirate heritage.

As I drove into Orangedale, I realized the sky ahead looked pretty ominous. Was my beach day to be ruined by inclement weather? I mentally made alternate plans to wander the old city if a storm was indeed the case. I got to the beach with no rain, but considerable cloud coverage.

I parked a little before 2pm at the pier to find that the beach was in the process of being “renourished”, which meant a huge pipe crossed the sand, which stretched considerably farther than the last time I’d been there. The clouds continued to cover the sun and the beach, which didn’t have many people on it, was almost eerily quiet. The sounds of the waves and the sea birds were all that could be heard. It was perfection.

I fell asleep on the beach for almost an hour. At that point I was grateful for the clouds, or I would have been a lobster when I woke up! The temperature had dropped to the low seventies and the tide was coming in, though I was still safe. More families had shown up while I was dozing and were playing in the now-nearby water. Two little boys to my right splashed in the surf while their father took pictures. To my right an older man swept his wife up into his arms and threatened to toss her in the water before kissing her and setting her on her feet in the sand, both laughing. Surfers dotted the water all around, catching what small waves popped up. Though it was only 3:45, it felt much later. I ate my picnic lunch and read a library book I’d brought with me (a silly paranormal romance, the best kind of beach read!) for another hour before I felt I was ready to go home. By then the tide was quite high and licking at the ridge below my feet.

I stopped by my sister’s and my Mom’s houses for a few hours after, since they live in Jacksonville, which is nearby. We had a late dinner and got caught up before I headed back home to Gainesville. It was a perfect day for a pirate, and I feel rejuvenated and at peace with the universe. It’s funny how a little thing like a cloudy day at the beach can put the world in perspective. I can’t wait to go back to the library tomorrow!

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