Summer Reading is right around the corner at my library! In fact, today is the last graduation for the high schools (they stagger their ceremonies during the week so friends and family from the other schools can attend.). As my library is part of the Collaborative Summer Reading Program, “(CSLP) a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.” Summer Reading started with the intent to prevent the “summer slide” or “summer brain drain.” This phenomenon is occurs in children who have three months off from school (the traditional/agricultural school set up) and do not continue to read. Studies have shown that these children often forget what they learned the previous school year; retention was dismal. However, those children who read during the summer retained far more than their non-reading cohorts and subsequently more prepared for the up-coming school year. –A side note, some American schools have switched to “year ’round school” (which grants 6-8 weeks worth of Summer vacation, instead of the typical 12 weeks of the traditional school systems).
The Collaborative Summer Reading Program is a panel of numerous library staff from around the state that develop themes up to three years out, including various ideas and resources for the three demographics. The Adult demographic is a recent addition . . . and not all the libraries cater to them. Our library has been trying to do away with it for years . . . but it won’t die just yet.
This year’s theme originally was based around construction and design but evolved into Build a Better World, which encompassed a host of other subcategories such as volunteerism, and various professional fields.
After three years of struggling to host a spectacular Adult Summer Program, I revamped it this year to a much more low-key affair which incidentally is similar the few other libraries in the county that also offer the program to the Adults (out of 15 libraries in the county only four of us continue with the Adult Summer Reading Program).
However, the amount of programs and events for the children and teenagers is enormous! I would love to know how your local library is celebrating Libraryland’s Annual Piece de Resistance. Feel free to brag in the comment section.
So my Mentee has a second interview for her dream job and is naturally thrilled she made it to the next round. My first round of coaching just might have helped! It turns out one of my good co-workers overheard me share my excitement with another colleague and now she want me to coach and mentor her! My goodness! How does my popularity soar?!
Now I am assisting two women as they make their way through the world of Librarianship; otherwise known as “Libraryland” in professional circles. Truly. My Mentee is through official channels of the Arizona Library Association in a structured program. We have to sign forms and submit reviews every so often, etc. My Mentee is already a part time library assistant looking to become a full time library assistant at the Downtown Branch in our state capital.
My co-worker is currently returning to school to get a high end certification. She is already a full time library assistant at the library I work for. At the moment she wants me to help her with scholarships, so that is what I am doing. Although later she assures me she will need help with “everything!”–Oh goody. Something to look forward to. My co-worker situation is far more informal and more of a pact between friends.
Helpings these wonderful ladies is such an amazing feeling! I pray I can assist them in their dreams!
1800s, 19th Century, Architecture, Aristocracy, British, Career, Class System, England, Fashion, Home, House, Inventions, Job, Kitchen, Leisure, Servants, Society, Technology, Transportation, True Crime, Victorian, Women, Writer
Lots of news! On a personal note, my superior has returned from her maternity leave, so everything is all right with the world. Work aside, there were many headlines to shift through for the month of May. When this happens I tend to run into the conundrum of either passing along the first eight interesting articles or running through my entire list of 10 keywords and then upon very careful consideration select the eight most interesting and diversified choices. Normally, I do the latter. Today, given time constraints I decided on the former. (Look at me! Doing a new thing!) Though none of these news bites are lacking in anyway, due to my new fangled approach. There are a couple of bits of true crimes and how mobs and technology play a role. A fascinating article (with video!) of an author performing a complete karate kata in complete Victorian dress. It is illuminating (as she mentions). All the latest and greatest 19th century kitchen appliances, with more than a couple that left me scratching my head. Three vignettes touch on architectural and buildings’ past. There is a review on a revived 19th century play that was banned over most of Europe after just one showing and the reasons why are . . . less than ideal for us Moderns. Read and enjoy!
My manager knows I want to be a leader and has been steadily pushing me in that direction for the past two years. Aside from nominating me Arizona Library Association (AzLA) Emerging Leader (which I won), having me do a poster session at their annual conference last year and allowing me to try her position on for size (it’s too big!), she has also guided me into participating the AzLA Mentoring Program. I do not feel I know “everything;” but so close it’s scary. I have wanted to be mentored in the official capacity for a long time, but looking back I always have been guided in an unofficial capacity. So I shrugged and signed up because it sounded like fun and good way to meet new people.
Enter Mrs. H, my mentee. She lives “upstate.” She is incredibly bubbly and willing to learn. She is what I have been missing. Mrs. H is in her 40s with colorful tattoos, piercings, short hair dyed in rainbow hues, as well as the mother of two boys (one of whom is transgendered). Mrs. H is an articulate, people person, and so much fun to mentor! Gosh, if it were always this easy, I wish I signed up years ago. She reminds me so much of my friendships from high school and college, before I branched out into a more conservative professional town. Mrs. H is a great reminder to do more for the citizens and the fringe populations. I cannot recall the minimum commitment for the mentorship program, but I can already tell you Dear Readers, I’ve made a friend for life! If you ever have the opportunity to mentor someone or to be a mentee, in any capacity, I highly encourage you to take it on.