Ahoy, me hearties! As you may know, I’ve been gone for a very long time. (Almost a year!) I took a…piratical sabbatical, did some traveling, some working, and had some grand adventures (which I’ll catch you up on in an upcoming post). But I am back, rejuvenated, excited, and ready to go for the next long stretch of bookaneering! I’ve found some new inspiration in a new friend (see next post), and a BRAND NEW JOB! That’s right, I’m now the Youth Services Library Specialist at one of our library’s branches, and it’s really allowing me to stretch my creative wings and do some super cool things I hadn’t been able to do in my old position. Working with children is a dream come true, and it’s been so much fun getting settled into my new job. I have a truly excellent team, and I honestly feel like I’m making a difference in kids’ lives.
So come along with the Bookaneer into the next chapter of our journey! I’m so thrilled for what lies ahead. Next post: this weekend?! Believe it!
I have mentioned this on Tumblr and Facebook, but I wanted to expand upon it here: my very first program is coming up next week! I’m throwing a Sock Hop on Valentine’s Day, and I’ll also have a display set up for “Blind Date with a Book”!
This is the handbill for the event. My coworker LF came up to me and said, very seriously, “There’s something wrong with your handbill.” I gasped. “What is it? Is something spelled wrong?” I was terrified, since I’d already printed the whole batch. “No,” she said, “they are just TOO CUTE!” Aaah! Don’t scare me like that! I AM pretty proud of it though, I hope the program goes just as well! I’ve gotten a lot of interest about the blind date books, which is good because otherwise I’d think I’d gone a little overboard with the book selection…
These are the piles of “elegantly wrapped” books for the program, sitting on my kitchen table. I still have about ten more to do, but thankfully I had my friend and coworker DW to help me wrap them at my craft night last night. We did have a few moments of “wait, what book is this? I can’t see, I don’t remember what it was! Oh no!” but we ended up figuring them all out. Each book has a few vague descriptive words like “nonfiction” or “mystery” but are otherwise wrapped in festive pink, white, and red wrapping paper so you can’t see the title or author. If you grab one you should be able to just scan it via RFID to check it out. Surprise! I grabbed the idea from tumblr, and I can’t wait to see it in action.
I did have some trouble choosing the books; there are SO MANY available and I tried really hard to pick books besides just ones I’d like to read. I have a wide range of tastes though, and I got several recommendations from a few of my coworkers, so I think it will turn out fine. I’m really excited!
I’m working at the library this weekend, so I’ve got to go to bed now so I can wake up early and finish my homework before work (grad school is hard!). Feel free to stop by and say hello!