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Day in the Life of a Librarian

I haven't posted a Day in the Life post in awhile and I thought I would share what my schedule has been like as a Youth Services Manager. (In other words-very busy!!) Day in the Life of a Librarian was started by Abby the Librarian (at least, that's where I saw it first!) This was my day yesterday:

9:30 AM-Drive to library (different branch from where I work) to attend YA meeting for YA staff.

10:30 AM-Meeting over. Call to check in with staff since I have sick employees and only one person at the desk. They're doing OK and I'll come in at my scheduled time at 12:30.

12:00 PM-12:45-Arrive at Library a bit early since we're short staffed. Check in with staff, organize my desk, check mail and unload all the crazy Printz boxes, check schedule for the afternoon, get book and questions for afternoon book club, get Wal-Mart card to go shopping for Halloween candy, find Halloween buckets to distribute to the departments for Wednesday's trick-or-treating parade.

12:45-1:30-Drive to Wal-Mart and buy candy for Wednesday.

1:30-1:45-Leave Wal-Mart and drive to school for our Chat & Chew bookclub. We discuss one of the state book award nominees each month.

1:45-2:30-Arrive for book club. This month's book is Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs. The four girls I had at book club loved the book and so far it's their favorite read of the all the nominees.

2:30-3:00-Drive back to work. Check in with staff, answer questions about the museum pass checkouts we just started. Grab pen and paper and head to a meeting.

3:00-3:45-Meet with other YA staff and Library Director about an upcoming Leadership Academy group that will be visiting the Library for a scavenger hunt on their education day. Brainstorm with staff to come up with questions about the Library, services we offer, materials we have to check out, and databases they can use for homework. I think we created a great scavenger hunt!

3:45-3:50-Head back to Children's department and check in with staff. My branch manager was looking for me so I head off to meet with her.

3:50-4:20-Meet with my branch manager about one of my employees serving on the committee for the literary festival. Catch up with her about programs we hosted over the weekend.

4:20-5:00-Dinner! I love Monday night dinners because I work with an awesome group Monday nights and we always have a fun time talking during break. I also got a bit of reading in.

5:00-8:45-Monday night is my night to work, so I worked at the Children's desk. I greeted patrons, straighted up the department, helped kids and parents find books, DVDs and audiobooks, filled up the display of Halloween books, filled up the display of book award books, checked on YA and helped teens find books, pull books for upcoming storytimes, and finally read through my stack of review journals.

8:45-9:00-Start closing procedures, check the stacks, do one last department pick up and shelf straighten, turn off computers and powerpoint TV, turn off lights and head home!

Phew!!




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About Me

Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee