Guess what? I have a new job! I’m really excited because this job is at one of my favorite places on earth. I have a LIBRARY job! EEKK!
I have been a library groupie (
I just made up that phrase. Nope,
I didn’t. I Googled it, here’s what I
found.) for a very long time. When new
libraries open in my area, I go visit them.
My husband claims that my past-due book fees over the years are what
financed my city’s library remodel. As
you can tell, a library job is exactly in my wheel-house!
My library (it’s mine now) is a small town one. I love that! Because it’s a small operation, I have the opportunity to work in nearly every aspect of library business. I am a circulation clerk so that means I check books out to patrons, as well as get books ready to go to other library sites for patrons to check out. I check books back in, both for patrons of our library and ones returned from being borrowed at other sites. (I thought after years of being a teacher I wouldn’t need to mentally run through sections of the alphabet to correctly shelve books, but I do. I wonder if anyone can alphabetize without doing that!)
I get new materials ready to be added to our library, and fix damaged ones too. And the very best part of my job? I get to talk with people about books. Books they’ve read, books I’ve read, and books we want to read. WOW!!! (And I get paid to do it! DOUBLE WOW!!)
Friends, I’ve wondered about libraries and the effects of the e-books trade on their business. I’m happy to report that there are many, many people out there still checking out materials from a brick and mortar building. I think this is because libraries offer so much more than just books. Our library has many programs for all ages of readers. We have study rooms and a community room that can easily be reserved. Computers are available to all patrons. We have an area for children, and one for teens. We even have a fireplace room. A cozy den for reading and relaxing. If you haven’t been to your local library lately, I think it’s time for you to visit. See you there on Saturday, K? J
As always, be good to yourself.