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5 Things I've Learned in the Past 5 Years

Holy smokes. I realized lately that it has been 5 years since I started out in youth services. That's 5 years of storytimes*, teen programs, school visits, and putting Stephenie Meyer's books on hold for patrons. I have to say that the time has gone pretty fast and I am looking forward to seeing what the next few years have in store for me professionally and personally.

So, without futher ado, here are 5 things I've learned in the past 5 years.

1. When in doubt, make 'em laugh. This is a sentiment best summarized by this scene  from Singin' in the Rain. You can also learn a lot from this scene about committing fully to a performance. IMDB reports: The number was so physically taxing that O'Connor, who smoked four packs of cigarettes a day at the time, went to bed (or may have been hospitalized, depending on the source) for a week after its completion, suffering from exhaustion and painful carpet burns. Unfortunately, an accident ruined all of the initial foot…

In Appreciation of Children's Librarians

Let's get real: summer reading programs are a pain. So this time of year, when children's librarians are knee-deep in running them, it's nice to feel like someone out there appreciates us. I've compiled some of my favorite tributes to youth librarians. If I've missed a good one, please leave it in the comments. I hope to be able to refer to this post when I am feeling stressed or burnt-out.  We all need a little encouragement sometimes to just keep swimming.

Quotes and Dedications “Adult librarians are like lazy bakers: their patrons want a jelly doughnut, so they give them a jelly doughnut. Children’s librarians are ambitious bakers: 'You like the jelly doughnut? I’ll get you a jelly doughnut. But you should try my cruller, too. My cruller is gonna blow your mind, kid.”
John Green
Blog posts and Journal Articles
"For the Children" from the Effing Librarian.

Probably the greatest advocate for children's librarians that I have run acro…

Guest Post: On Being a Mom and a Children's Librarian

Hi everyone! I'm on maternity leave and some friends have graciously written guest posts to keep my blog from getting too bare while I'm off. Today's is by the amazing Melissa of Mel's Desk. As a mom-to-be I was very curious how my perspective on youth librarianship would change once I had children of my own and Mel was kind enough to talk about her experience. This is a topic I haven't seen covered much (at all?) in the library-world, so I found it fascinating. I hope some of you will chime in and comment about how your status as a parent (and not a parent, whether you want to have children of your own or not) has impacted your perspective and career. I would love to see some honest conversation on such an important topic. Thanks Mel for getting it started! --Anne
On Being a Mom and a Children's Librarian
Just about the same time as Anne headed off on maternity leave with her brand new baby, MY baby, my younger daughter, graduated from elementary school. My fami…

Flannel Friday: A Very Special Delivery

My husband and I were extremely touched yesterday to receive an absolutely beautiful gift for the baby we are expecting any day now. It's a homemade colors felt book for our little one, apparently in the works since February! Isn't it gorgeous? The pages are pictured slightly out of order, sorry!

Thank you so much Melissa, LQ, Sharon, Tracey, Katie, Mollie, Andrea, Cate, Mary, Liz, Linda, Katie, and Anna for putting this together! Special thanks to LQ, whose idea it was, and to Mary and Mel for coordinating and assembling. I had no idea you were all scheming up such a delightful present. When Mel asked for my address, I thought she was just going to send me an Avalanche jersey as we

Storytime Philosophy Part Deux

Last summer I posted my storytime philosophy and since I recently found another version of the Hallmark ad, I thought I'd share it as well. If there was one message I'd like to give to parents, library administrators, budding librarians, etc. it would be this: storytime is not for making kids sit silently like robots. Storytime is for encouraging imagination and for introducing a love of literature. There are no grades and no tests*. Thank goodness! There will be plenty of those in the kids' futures. I'm honored to have the chance to play games, sing songs, tell jokes, chant rhymes, and read a few of my favorite stories to the kids in my town. It is a privilege to watch them grow up and move on. 

*I don't mean any disrespect to our friends in the school sector. I was inspired to become a librarian because I had an amazing school librarian. Mrs. G. died a few years ago and I am sad that I never told her how fond my memories of being in her elementary school media c…

The Field of Boliauns

The Field of Boliauns is an Irish trickster tale I discovered in Flannel Board Fun: A collection of Stories, Songs, and Poems by Diane Briggs (Scarecrow Press, 1992). I meant to have this post up in time for St. Patrick's Day, and it sort of is, just for the 2013 holiday and not the 2012 one.
The story goes like this: A young man named Patrick encounters a leprechaun. Knowing that a captured leprechaun has to reveal the location of his pot of gold, Patrick forces him to do so. The leprechaun takes him to a large field of boliaun bushes. Patrick ties his red scarf around the bush covering the buried pot. He makes the leprechaun promise not to remove it and leaves to retrieve a shovel. 
Upon returning, Patrick discovers that the leprechaun has tied a red scarf around all the bushes in the field. He tries digging at bushes he thinks might be "the one" but finds nothing. He resolves never to stop searching for the leprechaun and travels the rest of his life with the shovel.