This story requires a little background information. When I was growing up, I had a bookcase next to my bed. On the side of the bookcase, there was a small poster that had something to do with reading. A few years ago, I started thinking about that poster. I could remember what it looked like: a few kids were sitting on a piece of furniture in an old, Victorian living room reading books. The cover of the books had beanie hats on them and it was like they were trying to solve a mystery of where the hats could be. The funny part was that there were beanie hats hidden throughout the living room. I thought there was a phrase on the poster, too. Something like “Reading is a Mystery.” I couldn’t remember every detail, but I remembered the style of the poster. All these years later, it reminded me of Edward Gorey. So, for the past couple of years, I’ve tried Google searches with every possible combination of the words I used in the description above without any luck.
Yesterday, I was on Etsy and thought, “maybe they have the poster.” I found it! (Ok, it was already sold, but with the extra information I found on the Etsy site (it was “Solve Mysteries–Read” not “Reading is a Mystery”) I was able to find a bookmark version on another site. It turns out it was created for an ALA program (SRP perhaps?) in the mid 90s.
Thanks for Etsy shop GryphonVintage for pointing me in the right direction!
I can’t wait until the bookmark comes! It will be a great addition to my collection :)
When I was a kid, I always dreamed of doing something creative with my life. I wanted to be an artist, or a writer, or a Lego sculpture maker. I wound up in library world, which is a perfect fit for me and allows for creativity, but my job definitely isn’t as “right-brained” as I would have imagined.
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Thinking about my job, I’m lucky to have the opportunity to exercise both halves of my brain. Even in school this semester, I’ve written papers and shared my thoughts about books for youth and then flipped the switch in my brain to work on cataloging records. Thankfully, we have a wonderful cataloger, so cataloging is not my responsibility at work, but it is fun and interesting to learn about another dimension of the profession. At the circulation desk, I use my left brain for using exact match systems to search the catalog or a database, but then I get to be creative and design a bulletin board or a poster.
I’ve been reading the book Quiet by Susan Cain, and this has sparked a lot of thoughts about extroverts and introverts. In some ways, my job requires me to demonstrate both qualities in different situations. Programs and working on desk can demand an extroverted style, but I probably wouldn’t have my interest in books if I weren’t a true introvert at heart. Both are crucial.
Librarians, do you feel the same sense of balance from your job? Please share in the comments!
One of our members of the Bibliophile Read-a-force, Lilja, was interviewed yesterday about why she supports the library. Check it out!
As Banned Books Week 2014 comes to a close, The Bibliophile Read-a-force (our book club for grades 6-8) met to discuss censorship. I’ve worked as a librarian for 4 years and each year during Banned Book Week I’m always amazed at the list of banned books and the reasons why they have been banned or challenged. This year was the first time I took a minute to really think about our right to information and the effect that banning a book could have. The bibliophiles had a great discussion exploring potential reasons why people would feel the need to challenge a book, as well reasons why banning books could be detrimental to individuals and society as a whole.
It wasn’t all serious, of course:
Many of the bibliophiles also worked on logos for our upcoming Rainbow Readers Race color run (more info about that coming soon!)
How did you celebrate Banned Books Week?
The kids have read 1250 books so far this summer. Today was Crazy Hair Day at the Ellsworth Public Library to celebrate this accomplishment! Here’s my take on a bird’s nest:
To be honest, I was surprised that more patrons didn’t comment on or mention our crazy hair. Maybe they thought this was our usual look at and didn’t want to offend us…
Before I started working at the library, I had somewhat of an idea of what the job would entail. I pictured myself helping patrons locate materials and then checking those materials out. I thought about shelving, organizing, and building the library’s collection.
Almost 4 years later, this is a true representation of my job, but it’s definitely not the whole story. There have definitely been some unexpected responsibilities…but these are often the most memorable and fun.
For example, today I was interviewed on Channel 5. Ellsworth Public Library is hosting a 5k “color run” to benefit the library and we are looking for a name. For me, it was definitely nerve-racking to be interviewed, but it was a good experience and at least I know what it’s like.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about these “out-of-the-blue” things that happen in a librarian’s day. Next Monday I’ll share a few more unexpected job responsibilities for librarians, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear what you have to say about this topic in the comments!