I always seem to remember to post on 31st of December! A quarter of a year has passed since my last update, and now - looking all the way back to January - everything from the first half of the year seems to blur together. In some ways I've come full circle - but I'm looking forward to the new year and what it brings.
Exciting things at the Oskaloosa Public Library this year included another round of Teen Tech Week, a fun program on prohibition that included a beer tasting at the library thanks to a partnership with the fantastic Cellar Peanut Pub, and the planning and execution of the summer reading program. One of my proudest moments was the kick-off party for the summer program - we had nearly 400 people from the community in attendance! Free hot dogs from the Oskaloosa Summer Lunch Program and free snow cones from SnoBiz were a draw - but it was still nice to see so many people excited about reading and going to the library.
In June, Nate accepted a position at the University of Kansas Libraries, and moved back to Lawrence, Kansas. It was a tough couple of months apart while I hunted for positions in the area and submitted my letter of resignation to Oskaloosa. It was tough leaving the Oskaloosa Public Library - I really enjoyed working with the kind, dedicated staff and the community. I'll miss developing programs and working with the teens and so much. But Nate and I were itching for more than Oskaloosa - the city - was offering us...
Dans le Nior - a restaurant where you eat in total darkness and are served by the visually impared.
In September, I also returned to the now renovated Lawrence Public Library - this time as a part-time Readers' Services assistant. After applying for a number of positions in the area, this was the first opportunity offered to me, and I just wanted to be able to make the transition to Lawrence with Nate. It's been an adjustment going from a full time administrative position to nearly entry level position, as anyone could imagine, but I'm still loving what I do. I'm in a brand new department totally dedicated to helping readers find their next books, and I've been challenged to improve my readers' advisory skills.
|Swanky new LPL headshot!|
joint Kansas and Missouri Library Association conference in Kansas City, Missouri the first weekend of October. Definitely another highlight of my year, I got to share Librarian Problems with about 400 librarians! The somewhat well-known tumblr I created nearly four years ago has gained over 20,000 followers and more than 15,000 likes on Facebook. I had tons of fun sharing and laughing with the crowd!
Though I'm kind of back where I began in libraries and in Lawrence, Nate and I are really glad to be here. We really love the city, and there's much more going on for us - restaurants, cultural events, a larger university, etc. In order to help make ends meet, I also took on a part time job at a local grocer - but that didn't last too long. Between worrying about scheduling conflicts to working with (sometimes) impatient customers to freaking out about my drawer being short, I felt it was too much stress and that I could spend my time doing much more productive things. Like writing.
So perhaps you'll see more posts from me in 2016? Who knows! Thanks for reading - and I hope you have a happy and festive New Year!