Saturday, March 7, 2009

Day in the Life of a Children's Librarian

8:30a - Arrive at work, turn computers on, etc. Check email.

8:45a - Set up story room for a class visit.

9:00a - On desk, wait for class to arrive. Look through storytime database to find felts for storytime.

9:15a - Class arrives, do booktalks. This class is a special ed class from one of the local middle schools and they come once a month for booktalks and to check out books.

9:30a - Class looks for books and I help them find things.

10:00a - Class leaves, clean up the room and talk to coworker about storytime. We get our books together, go over the stories and felts, pull browsing books.

10:30a - In office, check email.

10:55a - Open the doors for storytime - we have a big crowd today!

11:00a - Storytime. We read the following books: I Ain't Gonna Paint No More (sung), Who's in the Tub, I've Been Working on the Railroad (sung), and Leo the Late Bloomer, plus we did a felt story of The Cake That Mack Ate and sang Old MacDonald Had a Farm with puppets.

11:30a - Storytime's over, let everyone out. Clean up room.

11:45a - Meet with boss about our website.

11:55a - Lunch time! A new Jimmy John's opened up down the street, so a couple of us head down there. Yum!

1:00p -3:00p - Back from lunch and on desk. Between questions I work on my collection development list. Here's a sampling of questions I'm asked:

Can you give me info about this program that I missed?
Who wrote the books in this series?
I need to request a book to be checked out on a teacher card.
What order do the books in this series go in?

3:00p - Off desk, head down to circ to solve school loan bag mystery. (It has since been solved.)

3:30p - Work on some preschool loans.

4:00p - On desk again.

Can you put these two books on hold for me?
Can I register for this program?
Do you have nonfiction books on this topic?
Can you help me with this computer program?
Do you have this CD-ROM?

5:00p - Time to head home!


Marie Cloutier said...

sounds about right!

Terry Doherty said...

I'm tired just reading the rundown. It is so impressive that y'all can be *on* for so long. Wow!

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Oh-You've inspired me to post a day in the life of YA librarian!:) I've been in children's too and that's how my day would go!

Deanna H. said...

I think you need a well deserved vacation!

I love the book I Ain't Gonna Paint No More with the CD.

Sandy Fussell said...

I'm not surprised how full your day is. I am a huge fan of children's librarians - as a children's author and a parent. Sometimes I feel like they are the only support I've got in my battle to get reluctant #2 son to read. His primary school librarian is just marvellous. She puts so much effort into inspiring the kids and matching them with the right books to interest them. Hooray for children's librarians!

Anonymous said...

Any suggestions for responding to parents who bring disruptive underage children to my preschool story time ?

Anonymous said...

My day is filled with questions. Here's what a typical day looks like at my library.

Thanks for the great post.