About 6 years ago, after having been a stay at home mom, I went to work part time at our local library. This library was the same library I frequented as a child. 3 years ago I took on the full time position of Senior Clerk. Adapting to my first full time job ever took a bit of time, thankfully I have a husband and extended family that made the adjustment easier. I am a firm believer that if you are working somewhere you should love your job. I am happy to report that I am lucky enough to be in that position. I have to say, working in a library is pretty awesome.
1. My occupational hazard? Having too many books I want to read. I have due dates just like everyone else, and darn it, there is not enough time in my day to read them all.
2. My surroundings? Books. And more books. The people I work with and serve? Readers. And if you are a reader, you know how awesome readers can be.
3. Advance notice of when my favorite authors are publishing books.
4. An excuse to read. Not that I need one really, but shouldn’t I be up to date on some of the newest books so I can make recommendations? I thought so too.
5. Barnes and Nobles? Amazon? Nope. 100% library user and supporter (with the exception of non-fiction books on certain topics…I like to have those on hand to refer to at all times). I save money. Our used book room is full of books that are cheaply priced. It is rare to find a book for more than $.50. Paperbacks? 12 for $1.00.
6. I am perceived as a technological wizard. We have a great ebook collection and it never fails that I get the the senior citizens that get eReaders and tablets as gifts and don’t know how to turn them on. I do that and all of a sudden I am right up there with the Geek Squad. The seniors love me for it.
7. The pace. Library users take their time. Readers like to linger over their books and patiently pick out their selections. It’s a laid back environment.
8. Projects and decor at my fingertips. When I decorated my dining room I wanted to add books to our built in shelves and I wanted to add some height underneath a lamp. Problem was I wanted all creams and ivories in that room. I went through our used book room and for under $4.00 I was able to buy the perfect books in the exact shades I wanted.
Remember this project?
Yep. Purchased books in the used book room as well.
9. The Community. We truly are a community center. Come in any given day and you will find retirees working on a jigsaw puzzle. The same men meet daily to play chess. Each Tuesday the sweetest ladies meet to chat and knit. After school, students are everywhere; getting tutored, working on homework, or simply hanging out. Mid-morning we are full of moms and babies and toddlers attending story hours. We run the gamut of ages and personalities. There’s never a dull moment.
10. The staff. If you enjoy the people you work with your job is so much easier. We have our own inside jokes (because let’s face it, in times where there are major budget issues and library funds are at an all time low, you have to be able to find humor somewhere). We help each other out and work well as a team.
What’s great about where you work? Do you enjoy it?