Archive for February, 2010

On this cold February Tuesday…

9 a.m. — Arrived at work and was intercepted on my way to my mailbox to talk about some materials in the manga library’s manga collection.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. — Met separately with the Youth Services Manager, the Library Director, and our Support Services (cataloging) Librarian about making changes to the call numbers in our manga collection in order to allow us to keep the entirety of this format in one location in the library.

10:30-11 a.m. — Back to my office to chat with our tech guy for a few minutes while he updated the timer and checkout system on our laptop computer lab.  Then I spent some time answering emails and looking at the session schedule for PLA next month.  (Yay, PLA!)

11 a.m. – noon — Worked on getting ready for my book club this afternoon…wrote questions for this month’s book and book talks so the teens could vote on our next selection.  (I bring in 4-5 books each month and let them choose.)

Noon-1 p.m. — Straightened up in the YA section, collecting all the strays and marking our “internal use” books, filled in my Pete Hautman book display (he’s coming next week!), and checked in with my teen volunteer (a very lovely home schooler) who was diligently packaging DVDs and shelving YA paperbacks.

1 p.m. — lunchtime!!

2-3 p.m. — Followed up with the Support Services Librarian one more time about the manga collection.  Then I worked on a game for my book club (idea courtesy ya-yaac) called SLAM.  To play, you make up factual questions about the book (our book was How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff).  Make a set of cards (just cut up cardstock) with the correct answers for each question.  Make enough sets for each person in the book group.  During the game, the book club members then “SLAM” down the correct answer.

3-3:25 p.m. — chatted with one of my regular teens while getting all the laptops set up, starting up our staff computer and programs, turned on lights, and got ready to open Teen Central.

3:25 p.m. — Doors open!  Immediately checked out 4 laptops!

3:35-4 p.m. — One of my part-timers arrived and took over the check-out desk.  I talked with her about some projects she’s working on…particularly trying to get a volunteer fair organized for April.

4-5 p.m. — Book Club!  We had a newcomer this month which was exciting!  We talked about Rosoff’s book, played SLAM (a hit!), talked about what else we’ve been reading, passed out our March book (What I Saw and How I Lied) and chose our April book (Paper Towns).  We also discussed the possibility of doing a summertime books-to-movies series since they’ll be out of school and we’ll have more time to be able to watch the movies.

5-5:30 p.m. — Did some reprimanding for running and rowdiness, then helped one of the offenders use the microfilm machine to find an obituary for a family member from the week she was born.  She was fascinated by the microfilm machine!  It was fun.

5:30-6 p.m. — Took over on the service desk to give my assistant a break.

6 p.m. — Time to go home!


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As you, our dear readers know, I opened Teen Central at my library 3 weeks ago (note my total blog absence–it’s been crazy!!).   We estimate about 300 community members came to our grand opening party and things have gone from crazy to crazier over the last couple of weeks.

Yesterday at 5 p.m., our room count was 46–the highest count since we opened, although not by much.  The interest has been incredible!   The kids are definitely finding out about us, and they seem to be liking what they’re finding.

Of course we’re dealing with all the kinks we expected to be dealing with–6th graders who think they’re in a jungle gym, 11th graders trying to make out in the booths, general obstinance about using headphones, restlessness leading to rambunctiousness, etc.  But, we’re also meeting tons of new teens who are sitting down to use the Internet, gathering at the bar to play Jenga, drawing on our dry erase wall, and *gasp* reading!

So, I guess I should get on to some photos and show you all the stuff I’ve been raving about for all these months that I haven’t been able to share pictures!  Check out some snapshots over at Flickr!

Today, I saw this article from SLJ about cuts at the NYPL affecting kids’ services.  Cuts are happening all over the place, which makes it all the more amazing that I have this brand new room at my library entirely dedicated to teen services.  There’s no doubt about it: I’m one lucky librarian.

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Excited about books

I saw this article in my weekly Publisher’s Weekly email. I think it’s something we all think about as librarians. How do we get kids excited about reading and books?

On a completely different note, I was listening to a local show on our local NPR station and they were talking about psychoanalysis & film. One of the guests mentioned that what makes us like a film or not like a film many times is heavily influenced by our personal experiences. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately as I read reviews of books from friends on Goodreads and compare them to reviews I’ve read in review journals. It’s something that I definitely need to take into consideration when booktalking books to teens. What may appeal to me may not appeal to them because they are all half my age and have very different personal experiences than myself.

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Cybils Awards

The Cybils awards were announced this morning. Definitely some great books on the list and several that I’m glad have received some attention.

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It’s been a busy few weeks at the library. We’re planning Summer Reading performers, prizes and the general make-up of the program.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to speak at our consortium’s Summer Reading Program event. I’ll be presenting on programming ideas for ages 0-99. I’m really looking forward to it and am finding so many wonderful ideas that aren’t in the summer reading manual. This is my first big presentation as a librarian.

I think the Make a Splash, Make Waves and Water Your Mind themes are great for summer. In planning for the presentation and for our library, I’ve been thinking about different aspects of water that can be incorporated into the program for kids, teens and adults.

Do you like this year’s theme? Have any big plans for summer reading?

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Check out our monthly features, y’all!!! (Yeah, I said it. I’m doing my best Britney)

The Big Picture – Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Liam’s size has always made it easy for grownups to mistake him for one of their own. Bu t when Liam is charged with dadly duties on a special outing to space, things get a little messy in this “fantastic, funny, and moving novel, for both those dreaming of the stars and those firmly rooted to the ground.”

Bulletin Stars – see what we thought were the best books this month!

Bulletin Dozen – Our monthly bibliography. This month is holiday appropriate: Blood and chocolate!

On a side note, the spelling of February causes me great pain. It is just another reason to enjoy the fact that it is only 28 days.

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And the title is …

Mockingjay!!! August 24th, people.

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