Nothing special on the blog this morning, but tonight I'll announce the winners of the "Favorite Authors" contest, and start a new one. Have you entered the contest yet?
In the meantime, I spent last night collating handouts. I'm teaching a Readers' Advisory workshop at the Basha Branch of the Chandler Public Library this morning. I do two versions - a two hour workshop, that doesn't include many websites, and a three hour workshop that includes websites. I always have fun, and, since Chandler asked me back to a different branch, I think their staff enjoyed it as well.
Readers' Advisory is one of the hardest parts of the public librarian job, and, one of the aspects that is the most fun. It's suggesting books for people, after listening to them talk about what kinds of books they like, and what they're in the mood to read.
In the workshop, we get to do something that librarians don't do as often as people think - talk about books. While a number of people think we spend our days reading or talking about books, in reality, I spend my time answering reference questions, dealing with computer questions, attending city meetings, and, since I'm a library manager, working with, and assisting my staff. I've fixed copiers, toilets, cleaned up unspeakable messes. But, my favorite part of the job has always been talking about books.
I hold a quarterly brown bag luncheon in my office to tell people about books. Library staff in our system take one lunch hour a month, and spend it talking about books. My favorite question, and, the one I cringe when I get, is "I need a good book." It's fun, and challenging. And, every bit of my education, life experience, and reading experience can go into answering that question.
Today, I get to meet with other library staff, in Chandler, for two hours, and discuss the best way we can talk about books with you - our library patrons. Have you talked about books with a librarian lately?