Quite frequently, I get asked “What do you do all day?”
The idea of working in a library — a children’s library at that! — is sometimes confusing to my friends and family. Do I read books all day? Do I sing to children? Do I use Google? And my personal favorite — do I shush people? So I thought a post about a day in the life of a library assistant might be pretty cool!
One of my favorite days at the library is Tuesday — that’s because I get to put on the Young Toddler and Toddler storytimes! This past Tuesday was especially exciting.
My day started at 9:00am when Bonnie and I began setting up and practicing for our Young Toddler program. We practice reading our books and warm up our voices. At 10:15, we open the doors! I also lead the Toddler program at 10:45. There’s not much time in between for things like resting and practicing so that’s why I prepare ahead of time. Sally Snail and I are ready to go!
Once I’m done with Story Time, I work on my project to update our professional collection of books to use in Story Time. Yes, we do have our own library back in the workroom. Out with the old and in with the new!
Luckily, I do get some time to eat… but then it’s back to work! This week we are filming a new episode for our FPL Sign Time Series. I had to be filmed in front of the green screen for when I introduce our upcoming episode “Getting Dressed.” Hint: It’s about getting dressed — in sign language! In the afternoon, we film for our upcoming episode “Please and Thank You.” Once our cast members arrived and got their fair share of treats, it is outside to play and film in the sun. Not only do these young stars get to be on camera — they also learn some magic words, like “please,” “thank you,” and “share.”
And of course, no day is complete without some time spent at the reference desk. I spend my last hour in the Teen Room answering questions and helping teens find new books to read. Right now, it seems that everyone is studying for their SATs — I handed out the last prep book! Luckily, we have SAT prep available through our Online Resources. No book, no problem!
Whew, what a day! And I get to do it over the next day and the next day and the next day. And you know what? I love it! After all, what’s the point of spending all your time at work if you’re not having any fun doing it?
See you around the library!