Tuesday, November 18, 2014

awesome gifts for librarians and book lovers

Ok, ok, not every librarian wants uber nerdy swag for Christmas, but I do! These are some fun things I want. Know a nerdy, cool librarian? And looking for ideas too? Here goes:

Script coasters
This is the best thing I've seen all day!
YES!!! I want this for my guest room!
This is awesome!

YESSSSSSS! A checkout slip scarf? DONE!!!

Or for a full list of fun.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

books by famous people

Ok, I have low expectations when I read the memoirs or essays written by actors, because though many of them are extremely talented and maybe even good writers, most are not.

I started Lena Dunham's new collection of essays, Not That Kind of Girl, a little hopeful because I enjoyed some of what she was trying to accomplish in the show Girls (though that show got on my nerves after 1 season), but just wound up feeling extremely annoyed the whole time I was reading NTKOG. I kept thinking, "but you are that kind of girl!"

Reading her book made me feel like I was sitting in on a bizarre therapy session that went on way too long. It reads unclearly, Dunham bouncing around with not always clear indicators of how things make sense. I used to have a 100 page rule: I would read the first 100 pages of a book even if I hated it. My time has grown more valuable to me and I now have a 40 page rule. I wanted to give up after 40 pages but I wanted to believe that Dunham would find her stride, so I kept reading to see if something could be gained from the experience. I read the whole book for the same reason that people will look at an accident on the highway as they pass by--the morbid curiosity of it.

Moral of the story:  I want those hours of my life back.

Amy Poehler's Yes, Please!  

Loved loved loved it. The writing didn't flow as smoothly as Tina Fey's Bossypants, and I connected better with Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (probably because she's single without kids too!), but Poehler's comedic voice and delivery was present. The book is full of funny stories, just enough information about Poehler without being annoying, and funny tips on life. 

Moral of the story: Definitely a worthwhile read for lovers of SNL or Poehler's Parks & Rec! 

 BJ Novak's The Book With No Pictures
This video of Novak reading the book is awesome and made Prairie Dawn and me crack up. So excited for her to share this with the storytime kiddos soon!

Like Mo Willems' Pigeon series, the books clever magic will be made that much funnier by how willing the reader is to play along and get fake frustrated by the book as it demands the reader to do sillier things, much to the joy of the kids! I love love love this book and thinks it's such a funny, clever take on a kids book!

Moral of the story: READ IT!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

we spend evenings together

I haven't been a great sleeper since my Dad died over 7 years ago. It's like when he left us something broke inside of me. The nighttime is now when my mind becomes more active and my body tosses and turns like a petulant child, fighting fighting even though I'm exhausted. Some nights are easier than others, but lately things have been rough again. Trying pre-bed yoga, sleeptime tea, and reading myself tired. I am trying to enjoy the upswing of sleeplessness: the evenings spent in quiet, snuggling with my furball, Hemmy, wrapped in blankets, enjoying a view of the cold nights and bright moon and stars. I've even been slipping outside to smell the air. You know that smell. The pre-snow smell. 

My time with the moon led me back to Mary Oliver who always helps. She gets it...

"Moon and Water"
I wake and spend
the last hours
of darkness
with  no one

but the moon.
She listens
to my complaints
like the good

companion she is
and comforts me surely
with her light.
But she, like everyone,

has her own life.
So finally I understand
that she has turned away,
is no longer listening.

She wants me
to refold myself
into my own life.
And, bending close,

as we all dream of doing,
she rows with her white arms
through the dark water
which she adores.

--Mary Oliver

Friday, November 14, 2014

library job postings: MI, WI, CT

Though I love my job I still read library job postings for a two reasons:
1. I am in the midst of re-writing our job descriptions, as they're outdated.
2. I update my resume every 6 months--I swear I'm not going anywhere!--I find it both a great way to make sure it is always fresh and want to make sure it's updated for the occasional times I've been asked to bring it to a meeting or presentation. Reading job postings always helps me refresh the language of my resume. And ok, if we're being honest, I'm curious about what's out there too!

I also remember that feeling of desperation, dashing all over the internet to find job postings when I was hunting for the right fit, so if I can share anything that might help others, why not?!

A bunch of library jobs posted via The Library Network, MI

A bunch of library jobs posted via INALJ Michigan, updated 11/13

Director, Detroit Public Library FRIENDS of the Library Foundation, MI

Director, Crawford County Library, MI

Library Director, Brown County Library, Green Bay, WI

Interim Assistant Library Director, Russell Library, Middletown, CT

Middle School Library Specialist, Windsor Public Schools, CT

Reference Services Internship, West Hartford Public Library, CT

Library Specialist, East Hartford Public Library, CT

Ohio job posting

The Huron County Community Library has 2 Youth Programming Clerk positions available for immediate hire.  The positions are at separate locations (Greenwich and Willard), 25 hpw, $7.95 - $9.00 depending on experience.  Candidates with teen programming experience especially desirable. 
We are a member of SEO, using the ILS Symphony WorkFlows.

Resumes received prior to November 15 will be given first consideration, please send to director@huroncolib.org
Laura Lee Wilson, MLIS
Library Director
Huron County Community Library
6 West Emerald Street
Willard, OH 44890

Thursday, November 13, 2014

library money and maybe moving

I've been thinking about money a lot this week, especially as we're coming up on our 2 week long Holiday Silent Auction, which will run from Monday, November 24th - Saturday, December 6th. This is our 3rd Annual--I began it my first year, with only a month under my belt, seems crazy to think of that now!--so, I know it will fall together, but I'm still in worry mode. What if we don't get enough items donated? What if no one bids on our items? What if we don't raise enough money?! Last year we raised around $1,100 and $1,300 the year before that--money that helps pay for Summer Reading entertainers and program supplies.

So, to take my mind off the Auction, I've been researching more library grants. At a recent conference I was reminded again of a great resource, a listing that has many library grants. Especially as a small library, we are constantly reaching out, grasping at money to be had. That means we are always trying to apply for grants from:
Dollar General

I mail out letters requesting prize donations for our summer reading program, I hit our local businesses and organizations for money. It always makes ends meet, so I need to not worry! I think I'm just trying to find something to worry about that makes me feel more productive than my current personal worry of moving again. I've been unhappy with my apartment and my neighbors and shouldn't have signed another year lease this summer, but also didn't want to move again during summer reading and with my trip to Europe looming. I am hoping to get things squared away soon, and maybe even be settled before Thanksgiving...? Yeah, that's super wishful thinking.

If anyone knows of any other grants put them in the comments. And if you have a fairy Godmother who wants to move all my shit let me know!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

scholarships for high school seniors

Thought I'd pass along this information, given to me by a colleague: know a high school senior looking for financial aid? Encourage them to apply for the Gates Millenium Scholars Program at:


Deadline is January 14, 2015, so don't delay!