Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Children's Librarian

8:45a - Arrive at library. Check email, go upstairs to the business office to pick up a check for the performer coming this weekend.

8:55a - Clean up around the department (pick up toys, fill in displays, etc.) and chat with A about how busy it was the night before.

9:10a - Work on the spring program schedule, booking our program room for storytimes and penciling in programs on the calendar.

10:10a - Set up program room for storytime and get materials together.

10:30a - Work on Thursday's report to the Board and a funding request for the Friends of the Library.

10:55a - Final room check for storytime.

11:00a - Storytime! We're reading stories about sheep today. Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox is a big hit.

11:30a - Storytime's over. I say goodbye to the kids and clean up the room.

11:45a - Lunchtime!

12:15p - Head out to the Success by Six action team meeting. Success by Six is a committee organized by Metro United Way with the goal of ensuring that every child in our community is ready to succeed in school by age six. This means that they'll be healthy, have supportive homes, and have all the assets to be ready to learn. I've enjoyed being part of the group and it's a great way to network with many people that share the same goals I have for kids in our community.

12:30p-2:00p - Success by Six meeting.

2:25p - Arrive back at library.

2:30p - Chat briefly with my boss.

2:35p - Chat briefly with our HR director.

2:50p - Back in the Children's Department. Check email.

3:00p - Chat with T and H about upcoming programs.

3:40p - Take care of booking the room for some programs. File information from Success by Six meeting.

4:15p - Send out emails soliciting donations of Legos for a possible Lego program at the library. I'm considering starting a Lego club (if we get enough Legos!).

4:30p - Talk to director about computers and the funding requests for the Friends.

4:45p - Take my Friends requests upstairs to my boss. I'll go to the Friends meeting to present the requests.

5:00p - Research a book I'm wanting for the library - Count Down to Kindergarten.

5:15p - Time to go home!


Ellz said...

You mean you don't get to sit around and read all day??

I think we read that book, Countdown to Kindergarten.

Jennifer said...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who does storytime at 11pm! I moved it from 10:30 last year and I'm still not sure whether it was a good idea or not. But time will tell...I've been thinking about starting a lego club too! What have you done to solicit donations? Any success?

Salisbrarian said...

I started a Lego Club at my library after reading that article a few months ago. It's been going really well so far! It's my most popular program right now, and it's super easy. Luckily my boyfriend has a huge Lego collection which I have "borrowed" for the library.

Anonymous said...

Hello, my name is Tyler. Becoming a librarian is something that I've become increasingly interested in lately. I have read different things about the process. I was curious as to whether or not it is necessary to get your MLS in order to become a librarian. Or are there different levels of... librarian-ship?

Abby said...

Hi Tyler,

As someone who has an MLS, I definitely think there is worth in getting the degree. That said, it is definitely possible to find library work without having an MLS. Different libraries have different policies about what degree they require for a librarian position. An MLS position probably will pay more than a non-MLS position. But if you're interested in librarianship, it might be a good idea to seek a library job for which you're currently qualified to "test the waters" if nothing else. Some libraries also provide tuition reimbursement programs for getting your MLS, so that would definitely be something to ask about in an interview.

If you have other questions, please feel free to contact me. abbylibrarian@gmail.com

Abby said...


I have not received many donations so far, but I've only sent an email out to library staff (no responses so far) and had my mom send out an email to all her friends (two donations!). We have not yet put it on the website or sent a press release to the local newspapers, which I think we're going to do shortly. I think I will also put up signs in our department and maybe in our teen department since they may have "outgrown" their Legos. ;)