Thursday, July 24, 2014

bookshelves and building on

Speaking of building: before I started at Sticks Library an expansion project had begun, before eventually meeting it's demise after a Cleveland-based architectural firm went way overboard and way over budget. The Board at the time put the kabash on things. Fast forward 2+ years later to present day Sticks Library; we've outgrown the space--we had over 1,200 people at our Summer Reading programs and had to do all of our bigger programs elsewhere!--and the Board feels that because of the positive feedback they've gotten since I started (can you say, THAT WAS AWESOME TO HEAR!?) and because I've made such a huge programming push and we don't have the space, now is the time for trying the expansion project again.

So, working with Sticks College engineering students who used us as a capstone project, we were able to get a new layout of how best to utilize our current space, while adding on roughly half of our current size. We loved their drawings, and the Board voted unanimously to proceed. So, I threw an email out to all the directors I know, asking for recommendations of a firm to use. Two libraries responded with the same recommendation; Board President and I met with him (I hope we go with them--I love this guy already!), talked shop, and will move forward with interviewing other possible firms, probably closer to back-to-school time. Next week 2 Board members, Prairie Dawn, and I are going to go look at an expansion project that this fellow did. PUMPED!

So, we've begun our slllllooooow march toward building on. I know that once building starts happening one day, I'll miss the stillness of this part of the project, but I am just so damn anxious to get things underway!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

personalized and awesome present

This freaking PERSONALIZED Sandra Boynton book WITH PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDDO IN IT popped up in my newsfeed on Facebook and then again in one of the ads here on my blog.I am totally getting this for 1st birthday presents for all of my little monkeys this year! All of my friends and sibs LOVE Sandra Boynton, so this is pretty AWESOME.

Made my day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

no library post, just FAMILY

My 5 nieces in nephews, Thanksgiving 2013 with my Mom and A1.
Yes, I'm the cool Aunt who buys mustaches for the kids.

Then nephew Alex joined us in February. This weekend was
not only about his Baptism, it was also about half our family
meeting him for the first time--including all of this cousins.
Who LOVE babies.
Which meant lots of cute photos: Alex with cousin Gala
Alex with cousin Noah
I think the boys love having another boy in the family--Aidan pointed out
that now the boys are tied with the girls (I am 1 of 4 kids: 2 boys, 2 girls;
each of my siblings has 2 kids: 1 girl, 1 boy)
Savannah was so excited to have some big kids to play with--her
baby brother does laugh at her now, and roll over,
but he isn't as fun as these monkeys: Syd and Aidan

Gala, Syd, Noah, Savannah

The girls: Gala, Syd, and Savannah with her Dad--my
brother is such a good Dad. It's been interesting
to watch my sibs become parents.

 The time with my family was wonderful; coming back to work after 4 days off was hard, but I have a 3.5 day weekend this coming weekend, so NO COMPLAINTS (the Board owed me 5.5 days off after all the hours I put in covering vacations during Summer Reading, so lots of long weekends!)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

it's OVER!

Summer Reading ended on Saturday. There was definitely a collective sigh of relief for all of us. We only do 6 weeks, but our 6 weeks are chockablock full of activities EVERY day. So glad the rest of July is light, and I'm actually looking forward to the tons of meetings and other library visits I have to do this month.

Summer 2014 Stats: (our ages are based on where you'll be in the fall)
446 people signed up for Summer Reading:
57-Babies-age 5 (non-Kindergarten)
152-Kindergarten-5th grades
76-6th-12th grades

231 people (of all ages) finished, which is roughly 51% of participants

We held 73 programs over 6 weeks, with 1,787 attending programs!

We called the prize winners yesterday--over half have already picked up their things--and as soon as the local food pantry picks up all the non-perishables we collected during our Summer Reading "Food for Fines," my office will be clutter free again...err...that is except for the carts loaded down with books for Sticks Festival in September. Never a dull moment.

To those of you still in the midst of Summer Reading--YOU CAN DO IT!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

a sunset and being nearly done

Last night was about
a long walk
a vodka and soda on the rocks
an amazing sunset
reading before bed

One more day of Summer Reading. Tomorrow. I can do this.

Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth.

leaving you, not really belonging to either,
not so hopelessly dark as that house that is silent,
not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
that turns to a star each night and climbs-

leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
one moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star.

--Ranier Marie Rilke

did I make it weird?

Just over halfway through our last week of Summer Reading! We can do it...maybe making it a little weird along the way!

And Happy Birthday to bestie L's Lauren; our little girl isn't so little anymore. She turned the big 12 this year! Lauren and I will be celebrating in style in August when I go home--just Lauren and I doing dinner and a movie. Love that not-so-little-anymore Peanut!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

undressing a reading room

We have been slowly redoing the Reading Room--the only thing that will remain unscathed when we expand (more on that later!). A slow process, peeling back layers of time, stripping things down to their naked canvases, to redress, make new, leave my mark on things. It is exciting, frustrating, invigorating, frustrating, did I mention frustrating?

An ENORMOUS magazine shelf (which took up an entire wall) in an unholy shade of mauve was taken down and donated to another library, replaced by magazine spinner racks.
Walls repainted.
Furniture being reupholstered. 
Ugly, unholy mauve colored drapes came down and were replaced by blinds.
In the removing of drapes we realized that a window had gotten moisture in and over time rotted out an entire sill!!
So, now we're playing the waiting game. Waiting for the window guy to make final measurements before the entire HUGE window is removed and replaced.
Waiting to choose colors and finally replace the unholy mauve and blue flecked and swirled (*shudder*) carpet to match all the other things in that room! Then waiting for that to be laid.

The final touch will be the hanging of the artwork that one of our Board members (an art prof at Sticks College) procured for us from a student. The artwork is AWESOME and literary themed. Why, oh why, can't we be there yet!?

And on top of all of this, during a huge rain and windstorm here today the front door was blown open so hard that the handicap accessible door motor was broken. Another $1,500 we weren't planning on spending this month.
Did you hear that? It was the sound of money being flushed down a toilet.

I'll just be so glad when everything is done and back in working order again!