It was a crazy busy week (my favorite kind), with lots of attendees at the three infant storytimes, some book ordering, the first fall meeting of the Teen Book Group, and a bit of light at the end of my work tunnel.
Attendance at the infant storytime (for which I use the Mother Goose on the Loose curriculum) continues to be very strong, which makes me happy. I love seeing my old friends who are growing up (some have even graduated to the Storytime for 2’s & 3’s) and also meeting all of the new friends who have found the storytime. On Tuesday we smashed a record: the youngest storytime attendee EVER! This baby girl, younger sibling to two storytime regulars, came for her first storytime at the tender age of five days old. That’s right, five days old. She is very, very cute, and her older siblings are sweet as ever and seem to be handling their new sister with great grace.
On Monday, we began the day with a sad note, as Susan and I arrived in the morning to find a dead bird lying on the ground next to the front door of the library. Joanne, our in-house intrepid animal patrol person (Joanne has NO fear – she blows me away with her fearlessness) wasn’t due in until the afternoon, so Susan and I looked at each other, and I said that I would take care of the bird. Using a snow shovel and a guide for voters, I scooped the bird up and placed it in the garden area behind the stone benches. It was a very, very pretty little bird, and not a species that I recognized. When Joanne came in for work later, we told her about the bird, and I took her out to see it. She thought it was a type of thrush, and ended up taking the bird’s body home to identify it. Turns out it was a Swainson’s Thrush, which Joanne told me are currently migrating. We figure it hit one of the large windows and died upon impact. Very sad, but what a pretty little bird.
On Tuesday, the Teen Book Group met, minus several members who had field hockey or soccer games, and discussed a book I chose for them, Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. Though it is a good book, it’s not a great book, and only one of the teens finished reading it (the rest of them read about half of the book). But there was a little bit of method in my madness of choosing this book: I had just read the book for my own edification, and decided I’d give myself a bit of a break by choosing a book to discuss that I’d actually already read; and, more importantly, I was hoping to inspire the teens to come up with some book suggestions of their own. My earlier email pleas for book suggestions had disappeared into the ether, with no response, so I figured that if I chose a fairly good book for the October meeting, but not a great book, that the teens would decide to help me out with some titles of books that they actually want to read and discuss. The trick was that the book had to be good enough to get them to come to the meeting, but not good enough for them to trust me to choose the books for the rest of the year. Sneaky, huh? It worked, too – we have enough book suggestions to last us through the summer. But I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading Mortal Engines, because it is a good read, best for a more mature reader (translation: adults will like this book more than teens) and for someone who really likes science fiction and is willing to try out a bit of steampunk.
The week was also successful in other ways, as I work to get caught up after being out for those many days. The Cultural Council grant application is finished, a bunch of books have made their way down to Susan for processing, and an order for new books has been placed. My desk is as clean as it gets, storytimes are planned out for the next four weeks, my first class visit has been scheduled, and the feeling of panic has subsided down to the usual stressed-but-ok feeling. Phew. And now, with a long weekend ahead, I’m planning to make some feltboard stories…and to enjoy the gorgeous weather that has finally arrived.