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The Opposite of Kick Butt

I am not feeling very kick butt lately, people. In fact, I’m feeling quite the opposite. Not that things at the ‘brary are going badly or anything—it’s just that there’s so much going on, so many patrons, and so few books and videos left on the shelves that it’s a bit of a struggle staying caught up and feeling optimistic day in and day out. As of yesterday, we had given out well over 2000 reading logs to the fifth grade and under set, and almost 500 reading logs to sixth through twelfth graders. And the Summer Reading Program had only started 8 days prior!

On the plus side, I’m now on a 3 day weekend. Even though I’m going in for an hour or two on Monday to practice one of the 6 puppet shows we’re performing over the summer, I plan to do a whole lot of vegging for the remaining 70 hours of my break:)


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11 Straight Days

I know, I know…I’m whining again—sort of. I’ve worked 10 straight days, about to be 11. AND it’s spring break, so the place is a madhouse! It’s just so beautiful outside here in north Texas. Today is the first day of Spring. The sun is a’shining, the birds are a’chirping. Why, oh why, do so many families want to spend hours upon hours at the library playing Internet video games and checking Myspace?? It’s an interesting phenomenon, the lure of the Internet. Still, I continue to enjoy my day job immensely!

On another note, I started writing a puppet show version of the Hare and the Tortoise this evening, based on the retelling by Helen Ward. As far as the narrative goes, it’s not the best version out there, but it was the only one available, and I’m gonna make it work.

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So Tired…

All these people were out last week.  I ended up doing 14 programs in 5 days.  And I have a head cold and can’t properly breathe.  Yes, I’m whining.  Thank you for indulging me!

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Writing, writing, writing…

I have about 15 or so articles to write promoting the upcoming Frisco Storytelling Festival. I need a little break from writing. So, I’m writing on my blog…instead…? I’m beginning to think my logic is a bit faulty!

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Enough Already

This is so sad. A public library in Pickens County (SC), has canceled its Summer Reading Program for teens due to accusations from the public that the programs condoned witchcraft. Read about it here.

I was already riled up after reading about Laura Mallory’s crusade against Harry Potter in Gwinnett County (GA). This is her fourth loss in court, but Mallory is on a mission, planning to bring her case before federal court. American Libraries reports

I must say, I’m dying to get my hands on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when it comes out on July 21 (we’re even throwing a Harry Potter Party at the library) and I can’t wait to see the new movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!

Strange, though—I haven’t yet learned how to cast a magic spell, even after devouring all those Harry Potter books and movies. Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to enjoy them for the stories they are!

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Adults Among Us

Why do adults just not get it? We have a gorgeous teen room in our library. I understand it’s alluring. But when one enters a room and runs smack dab into an 18″x 24″ sign that says, “This room is reserved for TEENS ages 12-18 ONLY!” you would think patrons would get the hint. Granted, most of the older set will leave after a few minutes of perusing, as they grasp the not-so-subtle fact that we’re trying to keep this very cool area a safe and inviting place for the young adults of Frisco. However, there are still too many stubborn/just plain dense adults who try to make themselves at home in there.

The most in-your-face infringement of the age-limit rule I’ve yet to encounter came a few weekends ago, when I hosted a movie marathon, complete with fresh-popped popcorn, for TEENS 12-18 ONLY! It was advertised this way; it was explained this way; it was made painfully obvious by more than one sign. However, when checking in on the audience, I noticed that “one of these things just doesn’t belong”– a middle-aged woman, bag-o-popcorn in hand, had made herself at home in one of the coveted armchairs amidst a group of slightly weirded out teenagers.

I asked, kindly, patiently, “Ma’am, are you with anyone here?” [Though we librarians try to be consistent in our rule-enforcement, we’re a little more lenient to parents accompanying their teens.] Her answer? “No.” I go on to explain, “This program and room are for 12-18 year-olds only.” She replies, obviously growing annoyed with me, “I just want to finish my popcorn!” Not feeling the need to start a brawl with this woman in front of everyone, I firmly tell her to “please finish your popcorn and move to another area of the library.” About 10 minutes later, I watch as she helps herself to another bag of popcorn and absconds with it out the teen room doors, while shooting me a [sarcastic ?] “thank you.” This, despite the fact that signs all over the room asked to please keep the popcorn in the teen room.

Don’t make me become evil librarian, people! I absolutely despise confrontation, and I’m really bad at it, but unfortunately you sometimes force me to go there.

Now, on the off chance that this woman was suffering from poverty and going hungry, I hereby rescind my frustrated venting. Had I believed this was the case, I probably would have snuck her all the popcorn I could possibly pop. Something tells me this wasn’t the situation [and I truly hope it wasn’t!]

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