My lovely friend Abby has a series of posts on her blog about a Day in the Life of a Children’s Librarian, and I have always wanted to do one. I also kind of promised Lindsay that I would do one during BEDA, which I never got around to. So today was a pretty cool day at work, and I thought I would share a step by step look at what I did. Some of you might say that this is NOT a typical day, but I will do this every Tuesday for six weeks this summer, so yes, it is pretty typical for me.
8:35 Get in to work and check the book drop. My boss and I are supposed to be at work at 9:00, but both of us snuck in at the same time today. That is how hardcore things are during the summer at my library.
8:40 Set up the room for storytime and make quick example of the craft.
9:00 Went over stories for the program and jumped up and down in excitement over a delivery of new smelly markers from Dick Blick (they are so fancy!!!).
9:30 Storytime for one of the daycares with 27 people there. We did around the world stories including “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes” by Mem Fox, “My Granny Went to Market” by Stella Blackstone, and “Say Hello” by Rachel Isadora. We also sang one of my very favorite songs “Sally the Camel.” It’s great, look it up.
10:00 Craft time with the daycare. All the kids got reading passports that we stamped with a “World Traveler” stamp and they drew their portrait inside. Each week they will get a new stamp in their passport and then they take it home on the last day. They also made their own personal flags out of cardstock and popsicle sticks.
10:20 Quickly clean up and reset the room at the same time for the next storytime.
10:30 Storytime for the public. Do the same thing all over again for a crowd of 50. It was one little guy’s last storytime before he moves and it was super sad to see him go. He came to my very first storytime at the library over two years ago. *Sniffle*
11:20 Clean up the room and reset it for the teen program this afternoon
11:40 Gather some last minute supplies for the teen program and then search frantically for my car keys.
11:50 Finally find my keys and head home for lunch. (Even though I am at home, I use my lunch break to check work emails.)
12:40 Back at the library. Spend a few minutes at the desk checking stuff in and shelving things. Help a few kids pick up summer reading stuff. Go over the I Spy that our lovely page did for the display window and say that it looks awesome.
1:30 Last minute set up for the teen program. Get out display books and enough pens and pencils for the scavenger hunt.
1:45 Kids start arriving early so we start dishing out the ice cream cones.
2:00 The program has just started and the stream of kids coming in is not stopping. I run to the store to get more ice cream! We end up having 43 kids show up!! They all eat their ice cream and then break up into teams for a library scavenger hunt. I worried they might think it was kind of lame, but they went CRAZY over it. They were running around the library like little cockroaches searching for the answers. I loved it, but according to my boss, this is the last one we do for a while 🙂
2:40 Announce the winner of the hunt and give away prize books to 8 lucky kids.
2:45 Kids clear out and we clean up the drips of ice cream and put away the bean bag chairs.
3:10 Finish out my regular shift by working the desk. I shelve, check stuff in, help people search for the hidden pictures in the library, and chat with a nice family that comes in for storytime.
5:00 Head home for a quick bite to eat.
6:00 Back at the library to get ready for our Family Night program. A local wildlife rescue guy is bringing his reptiles to the library.
6:25 Let in the massive group of people gathered outside the door and try to get them to keep an aisle clear in the middle of the room.
6:35 We start the program and these are the things that happen
*115 people show up.
*My camera batteries run out after he brings out the second animal.
*I yell A LOT to get people to quiet down. I adore my patrons, but they are always rowdy when performers come.
*The giant tortoise poops on the kitchen floor.
*When the tortoise tries to walk on the carpet he can’t get any traction so he just sits there swinging his huge legs. SO CUTE!
*The cobra poops all over the presenter and our floor.
*The cobra literally escapes his container and we all scream bloody murder. He doesn’t get very far, but it literally sounds like we are all being massacred. I am halfway out the door ala George Costanza in a fire. In a situation like that, I was like, “You’re on your own kids!”
*He brings out a Ball Python that is the hugest thing ever. It is shedding its snake skin all over the carpet.
*Everybody gets a chance to touch all the animals (except that crafty cobra) and they all seem to have had a marvelous time. Most kids go home with a piece of snake skin. I was even brave enough to touch some of them.
7:30 I vacuum up the snake skin and try to clean the cobra poop off the carpet (I did not succeed).
7:50 I put the new receipt printer in the cash register since I have the magic touch.
8:05 I finally head home.
Phew! So, every Tuesday for the next five weeks I have four programs. But then I am halfway done with my programming for the week, so it is pretty easy peasy from here on out. Sorry this was such a long post, but it was a really LONG day.
P.S. Man, kids and parents are going to be talking about the escaped cobra for a long time. It was so awesome how we all freaked out, and then laughed about it.