Thursday, December 18, 2014

Too Much Input

Hi y'all. I'm still here.

Since I started at MPL, I have learned much about libraries, librarians, programming, early literacy, and all sorts of work-related stuff. More importantly, I have learned much about myself as a person. I think since I'm getting older, I'm taking learning opportunities and even simple, everyday occurrences into consideration much more often than I did in my previous years.

That being said, I feel I'm in book-and-Internet-induced sensory overload. I think this is why I have neglected the blog for the past few months; this is why I have unsubscribed to several blogs; this is why I haven't been participating in early literacy online fellowship; this is why I don't have a holds list 20 books deep.

I am the #19 U.S. reader on Goodreads this year. My name is Michelle, and I'm a readaholic.

It occurs to me that I have an innate desire to learn ALL OF THE THINGS. This is what drives me as a human being. I want to know everything. All there is to know, people. Sometimes I get so tangled in my learning that I stop doing.

Doing is what really matters. Knowledge is awesome, but knowledge in action is the key to amazeballs awesomeness. Too much input, not enough output. I know that I have done stuff. I mean, one of the goals my supervisor gave to me during my yearly review was: don't burn yourself out.

As I'm typing this, I'm thinking, "I just need to take time to reflect on the input." That's some Zen shit right there, folks.

Another goal for the next year is to limit my reading. That sounds crazypants, I know, but I think I overdid it this year (ya think?). It's time to turn knowledge into action.

Third goal: blog. Hold me accountable, dear reader. :)

Have you worked yourself into a manic, knowledge-filled, overload? How do you stop the ride and get off?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

100 Days of 1000 Books!

Only NPH and Elmo can embody the yayness!

This weekend marks the 100th day of my 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! Yay!

178 kiddos have signed up so far, and I already have one who is finished! My goal for the program was to have 100 signed up by the end of the year, so huzzah for goal achievement.

My next step is to take a reading program to preschools and daycares in the area. I'm working on a pilot project with one daycare at the moment and will be sorting through what works and what doesn't over the next month or so. I'll post about it once I get feedback from the test group.

How is your 1KB4K program going? Any tips to keep it rolling after it's started?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LMNO: Library Mom's Night Out

Tonight I'm the hostess for LMNO: Library Mom's Night Out. After hearing one of my patrons talking about "MNO," I thought, why not have a fun program for the mommas of my little patrons...with a fun name to boot? Here's what I came up with:

Food: because eating is even more amazing when you don't have to share with your kids.

Craft: because crafts without crayons are pretty much nonexistent with a hovering preschooler.

No kids: because duh.

Which translates to a pitch in/recipe swap/design your own cookbook program! With no kids! It's going to be as relaxing as this:
I normally don't have registration for programs, but I asked ladies to register for this, as I want to ensure I have enough space, drinks, and fancy craft supplies. Since I normally do pre-k programs, I didn't want to over or under buy stuff. The ladies will be bringing a dish to share, along with the recipe. I'm providing drinks and cookbook supplies. AND A READ ALOUD. Yup. I think we'll have an enjoyable evening. Pictures to come!

Super cute book for mommas!

I'm really excited for this program. It's just a small way for me to say thanks to my patrons. I have a ton of regular patrons that I see on a weekly basis. I appreciate that they feel the library is important to share with their kiddos, and that they support my endeavor to spread library joy to the masses. I made it a priority this fall to tell caregivers how much they mean to me and to the children in their lives.

Have you ever thought about thanking your "regulars?" Leave a comment if you have a great idea to share!