For the first time, I think, I can accurately say that I’m “between jobs.” Since I’ve graduated from college, I’ve used this handy phrase to euphemize periods of unemployment to my family and acquaintances.
“But what’s different this time?” you might ask. Well, today I completed my last day of work as a Page in the Children’s department at my local library, and Tuesday, I’ll begin work as a Librarian Trainee in the same department. After going through the ups and downs of uncertainty about the likelihood of my promotion, I now know that the job’s mine. (Actually, one of the jobs – mine is one of three maternity leave positions).
Starting Tuesday, I’ll be working at “the big desk” in the children’s department, answering children’s and parents’ questions, registering patrons for programs, weeding out old books, working on readers’ advisory book lists, and perhaps even running some story time programs. Although this job will only last until Christmastime, it works out ideally for me, because it will give me the experience I need and crave, while only requiring six months’ worth of commitment. Not only that, but I’ll only be working around 11 hours a week, with a pay increase that will keep my paychecks about the same as they are now (score!). I’m not trying to brag, but I’m just so happy about this opportunity, one that I wouldn’t have imagined possible for another year or more. Usually, these positions go to MLS students nearly done with their degree. Viva la foot-in-the-door!
I’m excited and nervous, and I find comfort knowing that my coworkers have (and I hope, will continue to be) very supportive of this transition. Wish me good luck!
Picture books, fantasy novels, and Dr. Seuss all day long. After my first week on the job as a page in the Children’s department, I’ve noticed that my daily grind affords me the opportunity to handle hundreds of Children’s books every day and grab anything that interests me. Now that I’m planning to become a librarian, it’s important for me to become more familiar with different books and information sources. Since I’m considering entering into the world of Children’s librarianship, every kiddie book I read is a step closer to professional excellence….or at least a chance to relive happy literary memories of my childhood.
Yesterday, I noticed the intriguing title How Pizza Came To Queens by Dayal Kaur Khalsa. After a five minute battle with the self-service checkout computer, I took it home and read the picture book over lunch. The story was adorable, and made me feel like a little kid again. I was rapt anxiety, faced with a New York where pizza did not [yet] exist. Thanks to the curiosity and assistance of four young girls and the wisdom and generosity of Mrs. Pellegrino, pizza is now a popular lunch standby in our great borough of Queens.
Today, I found The Red Thread by Grace Lin, a touching fairy tale that explains the bond of love between adopted children and their adoptive parents. Ms. Lin dedicated the book “to all children adopted, the parents who loved them but could not keep them, and the parents who traveled far to find them.” She writes, “There is an ancient Chinese belief that an invisible, unbreakable red thread connects all those who are destined to be together.” Isn’t this true? We’re all con This story can help to show children how important they are to their parents and how very much they are loved, no matter where they came from.
So, as I continue working in the Children’s department, I’ll be on the lookout for literature that either seems new and interesting, or that played a part in my own childhood. Recommendations will be gladly accepted! Next on the menu: The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling.
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Every great career starts somewhere. Today, my career as a library professional began in my new part-time job at South Huntington Public Library. I’m an adult page in the Children’s Department, a position that consists of organizing and shelving books in every section and helping out in programs and other tasks as needed. I’m so excited to have the chance to get my foot in the door and start getting some honest-to-goodness library experience.
You know when you start working on a jigsaw puzzle of a beautiful mountain scene, and at least half of the 500 pieces are sky blue? Imagine, after getting the border pieces squared away, you test some pieces of sky, and they fit in with the edges! Gratified much?!
Now, I’m finding the right pieces and they’re actually fitting together, bit-by-bit. I only have to get a few more pieces into piece, and the puzzle will make more and more sense. Next pieces: get accepted to QC and sign up for summer classes. Hopefully they’ll have more clues than the blue sky pieces do.