Changing jobs in your 50’s sounds a little crazy, but I not only changed jobs, I love my new job. Working at the Camas Public Library is the job that I have wanted since I was in college, and that was a long time ago. As a matter of fact, I met my husband while working in a library in college. During my interview for this job I said it was my “dream job”. I am pretty sure they thought I was exaggerating, but I was not. The job here is everything I loved about working in school libraries, plus more.
One of the things I like the most is being able to do story times. I am the official story time back up person, plus once a month I do a baby story time and a family story time. Camas has a lot of parents, grandparents, child care providers etc. that regularly attend story time. All of the children seem to have a great time. I always like to tell the moms in baby storytime that they should see their babies from my perspective. The huge smiles and delight on their little faces are so cute. I can almost see those brain connections being formed.
Choosing books for story time is really fun, but also challenging. Miss Debbie and Ellen seem to be able to do it effortlessly. I am still struggling with this a bit, as I have not figured out the difference between reading to one child as opposed to reading to a group. It is much harder to read to a group, and keep their attention. Miss Debbie did let me know (but please do not tell the kids) that she does not always read all the words. This was a total shock to me, as my own children could always tell when I was trying to shorten a book.
Lately I have been putting snow picture books on hold so I could try to choose one for January. Right now I have twelve on my desk, and I still have not been able to pick my favorite. One of my coworkers did tell me yesterday as he handed me yet another picture book that I may want to up my reading level. That made me laugh, but I am still searching for that perfect book. When all else fails, I will just give up and pick one of my favorites.
Speaking of favorites, I have a lot of favorite picture books. If you ever want a suggestion, please ask. You can also search the internet for best children’s books. Some of my favorite picture books have definitely made the lists that you will find on the web. You can also look on the library website for a list of Caldecott Award winners under Recommended Reading. Or just visit us at the library, cock your head slightly to the side, and peruse the shelves.