Phew! My first week is over and I’m merely hours away from my second week. Here are a serious of impressions/vignettes from my first week:
-The library is a bit labyrinthine in the staff areas. I keep imagining that I will either 1) see David Bowie somewhere or 2) materialize a la Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife in a terrifying sounding place called “The Dungeon” where apparently they keep the old magazines.
-I have my own office and an ID badge that gets me into the building. I have always wanted a name tag/badge because I think it would help me look more grownup. Patrons often mistake me for a high school/college worker and ask me if this is my “summer job.” Blerg.
-The staff is big and very friendly. They have made me feel really welcome and had a welcome breakfast one day. So nice!
-My first afternoon I hadn’t quite learned how to extend time on the computers – Andover uses a different computer system than Methuen* – and the kids were getting anxious. One teen was grumbling about my ineptitude and another teen said, “Geez! It’s her first day – give her a break!!” He is my new favorite.
-I helped a patron at the reference desk via the telephone look up some medical information. Because a “train was going by” I had to shout something about pus on the phone. I even had to spell it. Clare, my fellow YA librarian, kept giggling.
There’s more but that’s a brief update. I’m really excited about the challenges and opportunities that working at Memorial Hall will offer me. It’s so great so far and hopefully will continue to be so.
*Hey Nevins friends! I miss you!