Thursday, January 15, 2009

Day in the Life of a Children's Librarian

8:30a - Arrive at work, put lunch away, & greet coworkers

8:40a - Hang a map of Korea on the wall in our department. Every January our library explores a different country and this year we're exploring Korea. (Last year we explored Poland.)

8:45a - Check email, record some preschool loan statistics

9:00a - Grab a cart from downstairs and work on weeding the teen section

11:00a-12:00p - On desk. Between questions I read picture books in preparation for our upcoming planning session for spring storytimes.

12:00p - Lunch time!

1:00-3:00p - On desk. Between questions I read more picture books and pull some books for preschool loans (winter and arctic animals). Here is a sampling of questions:

Who is the author of this series?
Will you help me with the early literacy game computer?
Do you have this title?

3:00p - Off desk, I schedule a date for a local preschool to visit the library and finish my preschool loan bags.

4:00p - On desk again.

Can you help me print?
Where are biographies?
Do you have this title?
How many books are in this series?
Where is this call number?
Would you pull some books about this topic for preschoolers for me?

5:00p - Time to go home!


stacey @ bookthirty said...

Sounds like heaven! :)

Emily said...

Wow, I really like the explore a country for a month idea, that is amazing! How did this idea come about??

Abby said...

Emily, it's something my library has been doing for years (way before I started), so I couldn't tell you exactly how it started. We've done lots of different countries... Korea, Poland, Brazil, Italy, China, Japan... and a bunch more. We got a big turnout last year for the Poland programs because we have a huge Polish population in this area. Both the children's and adult's departments do programming and create book displays about the country, so it's neat to have something that brings the whole library together. :)