Monday, September 22, 2008


Well I went and did it. Sorda.
I got a J-O-B. Sorda.
I mean if you call working 20 hrs a week at the cutest library ever an actual J-O-B.

I have wanted to work at a library since before Wylie was born, but it just never seemed to be the right job, or the right time, or the right whatever.

Library-in seems to be in my blood...My Maw, my maternal grandmother, went back to school at age 50 and got her degree, & her masters in Library Science and had a fulfilling 20 year career as a school librarian. I spent a lot of time with her at her schools, "helping out" with her students, even though sometimes I am sure they were older than me!

I have always been a reader, like my Daddy, and my mom who loves to learn new things took us to regular and extensive visits to the library. As home-schooled kids we all spent a lot of time in our local library in Juneau. I would spend what seemed like hours discovering and picking out new books on all sorts of topics, fiction, non-fiction, history, literary, you name it - unless it was scientific- I probably read something about it.

So working in a library has always seemed right down my alley. Not that it will be all romantic and glamorous. After all I have already learned that I cannot wear flip-flops to work (guess I will just have to buy more ballet slippers, darn) and I am sure there will be lots of actual work to do besides checking books out and staring over my glasses and whispering "shh" to loud teenagers goofing off...

But most of the time, and what actually sealed the deal on me applying for this particular job, is that I will get to work downtown at the relatively new little Argenta Branch that is housed in the bottom floor of an old fire station. I will get to work down there quite a bit (almost exclusively eventually I hope) and will help a lot with the community and children programs that they are trying to do more and more at that branch. Apparently my crafting and event coordination skills where a big plus in me getting this job - who knew!

The branch is downtown in the Argenta District which is undergoing some major revitalization's and is where some of my very favorite restaurants are, not to mention a farmers market twice a week and the trolley that passes right in front of the library. Too cute!

But don't worry I am not giving up the crafting and banner business at all, I am just stepping out of the house a few times a week to earn a more predictable paycheck and expand my world a little bit more... I think having this dependable income will free me up mentally and I will not feel so much pressure when it comes to my craft business. Does that make sense?

So next week, on my birthday actually, I will start down my new journey as a part-time library clerk. Not a bad way to start 34 I think...


  1. Have you seen Audrey Hepburn's Funny Face? Technically, that was a bookstore... but I'm so picturing it!

    Oh - and copy & paste the long link below - I'm too lazy to look up the embedding html - but I bought these flats a week ago & am loving them:

  2. Congrats to you!! That sounds great. What a cute old building.
    You will love it. Happy early Birthday to you.

  3. I am in a library at least twice a week and it is so fun! I tutor some students there but would love to be there regardless. Your library looks too cute for words!

    I hearted some things on your flickr. Is that your livingroom setup for halloween? Incredible!!!!

  4. Way to go! A recently retired librarian, I'm so happy for you! Hard to imagine a better place to work, and the steady income will allow you to let your creativity flow, as you say. Really enjoy your blog.
    Happy Birthday!
    Jane - Jacksonville

  5. That is an awesome job! Congrats to you. I volunteered in Emma's school library for the last 2 years. I'd consider a job at our library but they would require some weekends. I hope you love it.

  6. This will be perfect for you...

    Again, congrats. :-)

  7. congrats! that is soooo up your alley!! and I agree with you, that this new venture, despite the time it will take away from crafting/decorating, will be better for your mental health in the long run.

  8. Oh I am SO jealous!!! What fun and it sounds so "you."

  9. that's my other dream job...

  10. Just came across your blog and was reading your recent book post...had to look at your archives to see if you worked at a library! I do, too, (for the last 12years!) and libraries are some of my favorite places ever! I love seeing all the books and bringing them home. I am going to check out some of the recent books you mentioned, plus look at your beautiful crafts and ideas!


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