Instead of having a summer vacation, I spent the summer running back and forth between my job at the church and the Ellettsville Branch of the Monroe County Public Library. I finished up my schooling for my LTA (Library Technical Assistant) degree this summer with an internship. Let me tell you, 144 hours in just about 9.5 weeks, on top of a regular job, is insane. Wonderful, but insane.
This summer, I spent a lot of time hanging out in this room:
|Photo courtesy: MCPL info on Flickr|
It was so much fun familiarizing myself with the collection, watching kids get excited about books, helping them find "just the perfect one" and exploring what working in a library really looks like. What I learned was that I love it. And, I especially love working in a branch library setting. I was able to do so much more than I ever thought; I worked the circulation and reference desks, helped with programming and summer reading, pulled pick lists, created book lists and even completed a project for my supervisor, Stephanie, while I was there.
|I also became an expert at making dirt pudding.|
When I wasn't at the library or at my desk at work, I was home - usually doing homework or working on my portfolio to finish up my degree. Still, now that it's all said and done, I miss it. I made some great friends at the library, and I reconnected with a part of me that had been dormant for awhile.
Now that summer is over and I'm looking at fall, a slightly more relaxed schedule and still months and months of 2013 to embrace, I'm excited for what's next: whatever that is!