It's a bittersweet day here on the Pink Me couch... I am upping stakes and switching libraries.
I have always refrained from specifying where I work when I write these reviews, just out of general vague worry about my employer at some point taking issue with something I've written, or a reader mistaking my views with that of the system. But there are plenty of Pink Me readers whom I also help at the library, and I'd like to let them know that I will no longer be... um, at that place where you often see me... and instead I will be... at the similar place that is located in Dundalk.
It's also my habit, when library customers thank me for my help (as polite people do, regardless of whether I've been much help), to reply, "My pleasure." And I mean it every time. The kids and parents that I've helped at... the place where I often am... are a consistent source of challenge and delight, and I'd love to see you guys... at this other place that is further East. (Ask at the desk, they'll give you a map.)
Same system, new job. FULL TIME, BABY. So you might not be seeing as much of me on Pink Me. On the other hand, I bet I will be doing more storytimes! Heads, shoulders, knees, and WIGGLE THAT BUTT, LITTLE KIDS!
I'd like to take just a moment to thank the women - it's been mostly women (except for you, Token Boy and John) - who have taught me my job. A few of them are in the picture above. Here's a fun fact - when I started at the public library 8 years ago, I had never handed a book to a child. Hell, I had never handed a book to a grownup - I was a museum metadata expert, and before that a photo archivist! Children? Fiction? These were total blank spaces for me.
And you know - I went to library school and all, I have the degree, but without a doubt it's been the dedication and expertise of my co-workers that has taught me how to do what we do, and eight years later, I can't see me doing anything else.
I've worked a lot of places, and in a lot of professions, but I have never seen such consistent professionalism and passion as I've seen among public librarians. They read, they talk, they are principaled, and they are generally funny as hell. These are my people! And I'll miss the ones I work with now, but I am very happy and excited to be working with a whole new batch.