When I first learned that my husband and I were going to work on a food truck for a week, I was excited. I had visions of my husband and I working in a cute, little food truck, deep frying foods and handing out overpriced fountain drinks in large cups. Boy, was I wrong. First […]
When I first started my search for a remote job, it was out of desperation. I needed to find a new job (for reasons mentioned in this blog post). I applied to so many jobs. Full-time and part-time. In Michigan and outside of the state. I just wanted something. Anything. I had phone interviews galore, […]
In the past two months, I have had to say goodbye to two part-time jobs in order to pursue one full-time job. Leaving both jobs was difficult. I’ll miss my coworkers and the job duties. But mostly, I’m sad to leave the library patrons.
I’m going to miss patron A who calls my by first name and gets excited when he sees me, asking if we have more Star Wars books (again). Will the person who replaces me understand that this kid is special in so many ways?
I’m going to miss patron B who’s snarky jokes made me smile every Saturday morning and reminded me of my father’s and grandfather’s humor. I’ll have to call Dad more and ask that he tells me more jokes.
Will the person who replaces me know that patron C is mute and communicates through her tablet? Will he/she realize that patron D looks 25 but has a lower reading level and prefers the youth nonfiction books about trains?
Will he/she ask their new coworkers how their days are going because sometimes working this job can be demanding, especially when the rest of life is difficult?
Goodbye, reference and circulation desks. Thank you for all you’ve taught me. I promise to visit. I’ll just be on the other side of the counter.
If I workout 6 days a week, I’ll get stronger. If I work 5 days a week, I’ll be able to pay the bills and maybe even get a promotion. If I write 5 days a week, I deserve to rest over the weekend and still get my book ready for a publisher soon. If […]
Hello. How are you today? I like your hair. It looks extra nice today. Hey. Are you okay? Do you need a hug? A random hello. A compliment. A smile. Genuine questions and concerns. A moment is brief, but it can create a lasting impression. Working in a library, I see a lot of different […]
I’ve been working at a library for nearly two years now. When I started, I had zero experience in the library world and no clue about how much libraries do. So, to share a bit of knowledge I’ve learned on the job, here’s a list of reasons why librarians are more than stereotypes: 1. Librarians process […]
Do you love lists or are you a visual person? I love lists. I have so many lists: a to-do list at job 1, another one at job 2, a meal plan list, a grocery list, a list of writing projects I’m working on and plan to work on, a random to-do list on my […]