To the surprise of no one, I have fallen off of the blogging bandwagon yet again. As much as I love blogging, I just don’t have much time for it at work, and I am trying very, very hard to keep work related things at work and not do them at home. Which is why my last post on this blog was way back in August, and my last Life Lately at the Library post (which was originally supposed to be a monthly thing) was back in May. Oops!!!
I really hope that I’ll get to blog more in 2016, but I’m not going to make any promises. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to the past couple of months:
–> Guerrilla Storytime and Minecraft Masters Presentation
I facilitated two presentations at local conferences within the past couple of months. The first one was a guerrilla storytime at my library’s Library Camp. The second one was a Minecraft Masters presentation at another local conference that was hosted at my library. These were both very small conferences/groups (nothing like presenting at ALSC or ALA or some other big conference), but they were super fun, and it was great to gain some conference presentation experience!
–> Summer Reading Committee
At my first job in Texas, I was at a smaller library and was in charge of planning summer reading every year. At my current library, we put together a committee to do all the planning, and everyone who’s not on the committee more or less sits back and let’s them do their thing until summer reading starts. This is my first time being on the SRP committee at my library and it’s been…fun? Kinda? I mean, there’s definitely more work and stress than if I wasn’t on the committee, but it’s been fun to work with various coworkers from other branches. We’re just now entering our busy period of this process, but I’ve been told that by February we’ll be coasting, so we’ll see…
–> Fright Night
One of the cool things about working at the Main Library in my library system is that we get to tie in programming with some big, downtown initiatives. In October, I was in charge of planning a Halloween craft program that tied in with the town’s annual Fright Night. Fright Night is a huge event in my town, and it features a zombie walk that draws in thousands of
zombies people. The craft program I hosted was 4 hours long and had an attendance of over 700 people! It. Was. Crazy! But also fun. Lots and lots of fun!
–> Mazza Conference
Last month, I attended one of my most favorite conferences ever: the Mazza Weekend Conference. I firmly believe that this conference is one of the best kept secrets in the world of children’s literature conferences. The Mazza Museum, located on the University of Findlay’s campus in Findlay, OH, hosts a summer conference in July, and a weekend (more like Friday night/Satuday morning and afternoon) conference in November. I’ve attended the Weekend Conference for two years now, and I think I’m just going to go ahead and make it a tradition because I love it so much. This year’s conference featured great illustrators, including (but not limited to) Molly Idle and Henry Cole. It was amazing! I fully expect to see you all there next year.
I am once again a book apps judge for the CYBILS Awards! But this time I’m a round 2 judge, so my work hasn’t started yet. I’ll (hopefully) keep you all posted on my CYBILS work in January.