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wmtc: holden caulfield, ponyboy curtis, and my teen book club

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

Recognize it?

For me it’s one of the most memorable final sentences ever written.

I just finished re-reading The Catcher in the Rye, possibly for the first time since reading it (twice) in high school. I remembered it in a theoretical way, but . . . → Read More: wmtc: holden caulfield, ponyboy curtis, and my teen book club

wmtc: in which my annual noncelebration of christmas causes my jewish cultural roots to reappear, a tiny bit

Two years ago, wmtc’s annual “i hate christmas” post declared: “i hate christmas is slightly less hateful this year“.  Working in the library, as opposed to an office environment, I found getting through the holiday season much less trying.  No more co-workers – at their computers, able to talk while they work – going on . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which my annual noncelebration of christmas causes my jewish cultural roots to reappear, a tiny bit

wmtc: what i do, what i miss, and what are they thinking: answers to the question, "what do you do?"

When we moved to Canada (nine years plus a few days ago), I wondered what, if anything, I would miss about the US. Who would have guessed it would be watching “Baseball Tonight”? Yup, the only thing I miss about living in that crazy country is watching a baseball-highlights show on ESPN. Not bad!

In . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i do, what i miss, and what are they thinking: answers to the question, "what do you do?"

wmtc: whither wmtc

I feel so disconnected from this blog, and from writing in general. I hate it. I love having this blog. I love that when I do want to write, and have the energy to do so, and have something to say, I have a place to do it. But writing occupies such a small space in . . . → Read More: wmtc: whither wmtc

wmtc: march break for teens at our library

I’ve just finished my first March Break (the Canadian equivalent of Spring Break in the US) in my new position as a youth librarian. It was exhilarating and a lot of work, but not nearly as exhausting as I imagined.

March Break was great for many reasons. One, I have great support from a . . . → Read More: wmtc: march break for teens at our library

wmtc: i am really a librarian: in which i attend my first ola, and get paid for it, too

For the next three days, I’ll be attending the Ontario Library Association’s annual Superconference, always referred to simply as “OLA”. As the name implies, this is a gigantic conference covering issues related to all three types of libraries – public, academic, and special. You can see a program here. In library school, we were strongly . . . → Read More: wmtc: i am really a librarian: in which i attend my first ola, and get paid for it, too

wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #12

I’m enjoying my new position so much! Things are going really well so far. I’m preparing for teen book club, researching display ideas, and planning some (I hope) interesting programs. I’ll write about those as they happen.

So far I’m feeling well, too. I’m still adjusting to full-time work, but I’m not collapsing from it, . . . → Read More: wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #12

wmtc: i am a youth librarian. this is a good thing.

I am so excited about my new position! As I mentioned, I am now a librarian in the Mississauga Central Library’s “Readers’ Den” department. It is a full-time position, and lasts until July of this year. Right now it feels like my ideal job; I only wish it were permanent.

My main areas of responsibility . . . → Read More: wmtc: i am a youth librarian. this is a good thing.

wmtc: in which my library career takes another step forward

I am very pleased to announce that I’ve landed my first full-time librarian gig! It’s a temporary position, for six months, in the “Readers’ Den” Department of the Mississauga Central Library. Readers’ Den takes in all the fiction, magazines, and movies, and very importantly, the Youth department, both teen fiction and teen programs. I’ll be . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which my library career takes another step forward

wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #11

Customer: “Hi, can I print from a USB here? My printer at home isn’t working.”

Me: [I explain how our printing works: you buy a card, it costs such and such, etc.]

Customer: “I just want to print from my USB.”

Me: [I explain how our printing works: you buy a card, it costs such . . . → Read More: wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #11

wmtc: dirty wars: an important movie, marred by nationalism

Last night we watched “Dirty Wars,” investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill’s documentary film exposing the United States’ covert, lethal, extra-governmental operations around the globe. It’s an important film. Depending on your level of knowledge of the US, it may be eye-opening, or it may be shocking.

If you have not yet seen this film, . . . → Read More: wmtc: dirty wars: an important movie, marred by nationalism

wmtc: how to pursue something you don’t really want

Since the day I decided to go to graduate school and change my career(s), my mind has reeled with questions about the future. When will I be able to quit my horrible law-firm job? When will I get a professional position at the library? When I get it, will I succeed, and will I . . . → Read More: wmtc: how to pursue something you don’t really want

wmtc: simon says, grumpy bird, and an evil witch: summer reading club begins

Summer is the busiest time of year in the Central Children’s Library. Actually, we are wildly busy any time school is out; the summer is just the most sustained period of busy-ness. Many of my colleagues have been preparing for summer programming since the end of March Break.

All through July and August, in . . . → Read More: wmtc: simon says, grumpy bird, and an evil witch: summer reading club begins

wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 9, or why this new librarian found the reference desk a little scary

In this post, I described doing reference as “a bit scary,” and Impudent Strumpet asked why.

I started to write an answer, ran out of time, then found myself on my first real shift at the reference desk!

During my training and orientation weeks, I did two half-shifts at the desk during non-busy hours . . . → Read More: wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 9, or why this new librarian found the reference desk a little scary

wmtc: my life at the children’s library so far (plus happy birthday to me)

What a difference it makes when you enjoy going to work. What a difference when you don’t dread your job. Wow!

This is what I’ve done in my new position so far.

– I participated in the finale of Grade 4 Read To Succeed, in which the winning classes – the classes that read the most books . . . → Read More: wmtc: my life at the children’s library so far (plus happy birthday to me)

wmtc: in which i remember what big life change feels like

Even though I’m following several important news stories – from the revelations about the massive NSA domestic spying campaign to the slow-motion implosion of the Conservative Party of Canada to the show-trial of Bradley Manning – I seem unable to blog about anything but my own life. I remember two other times when this happened: just . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which i remember what big life change feels like

wmtc: in which i enjoy my first day as a librarian, and explain something about library work

Yesterday was my first day as a librarian! And it was great!

I’m only doing orientation and training right now, but I can tell how much I’m going to enjoy this job. I love the environment; I share the same goals and many of the same values. I have concerns, of course – this is . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which i enjoy my first day as a librarian, and explain something about library work

wmtc: in which i officially become a librarian

We interrupt this travelogue to bring you an important announcement. I got my first librarian job!!

This is a part-time, temporary position in the children’s department of the Central Library, where I was a page for 14 months. I am thrilled.

But wait, there’s more!

I also interviewed in a competition for eight part-time . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which i officially become a librarian

wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 6

This is my first unhappy “things i heard at the library” post. Today I saw a child being abused.

It happened so fast, it was over and the parent gone before I had could clearly register what had happened. I was sitting on the edge of our lighthouse, the play space in the centre of . . . → Read More: wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 6

wmtc: corporate greenwashing and the myth of consumer sovereignty

One of the wonderful things about no longer working for Evil Corporate Law Firm – and there are so many! – is no longer contributing to a firm that represents some of skeeviest organizations in the world, including the Conservative Party of Canada. I’ve worked for many a skeevy law firm, because writing and . . . → Read More: wmtc: corporate greenwashing and the myth of consumer sovereignty

wmtc: now it can be told: why i have hated my job for the last four years

This is a post I’ve been waiting to write for years.

I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster for the past few days. While the War Resisters Support Campaign was pulling out all the stops trying to keep Kimberly Rivera and her family in Canada, I was waiting to hear about a job I interviewed . . . → Read More: wmtc: now it can be told: why i have hated my job for the last four years

wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 5

“Where can I find book number 285?”

The boy’s face was so earnest and so excited.

“What book are you looking for?” I asked.

“Book number 285.”

“Is that the title of the book?”

“No, it’s the book’s number. The title is ‘Quick and Easy Cooking’”.

“You want a book about cooking?”

“Yes!”

“Ok, . . . → Read More: wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 5

wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 4

“Oh man, you gotta read these books! These books are the best! They’re not even really books. There are pictures! And jokes! And they’re really, really funny! And they’re super easy to read! These are the best! You gotta read these books!”

The books that are “not even really books”? Archie comics. The young man . . . → Read More: wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 4

wmtc: why unions? would you rather have input into your working conditions, or not?

I’ve never understood why so many working people have it in for unions. I understand why employers don’t want unions: unions give workers input into their own working conditions. A union workplace shifts the balance from the employer having 100% of the power to the employer having some amount less than 100%. So companies will . . . → Read More: wmtc: why unions? would you rather have input into your working conditions, or not?

wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 3

“What are you doing?”

“Putting books away.”

“Why are you doing that?”

“So people can find them later.”

“Do you have any books about fishing?”

“Books on fishing… let’s see. Oh look, here’s one with Winnie the Pooh fishing.”

“I put that there!”

“You did?”

“I did! I put that there!”

“Conor, leave the lady . . . → Read More: wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 3