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New career goal: form a book cart drill team. I have a feeling my colleagues will be into this.

janebrarian:

Programming Librarians Unite! Soon we will soon have our very own interest group within ALA — we just have one more hoop to jump through on Sunday at MW to make it a reality. We will be holding our first ever meeting in Philadelphia on Monday January 23rd at 11:30 am in the Networking Uncommons during the ALA Midwinter meeting. Everyone involved in public programming at their library is welcome to join us for this first discussion so mark your schedule. 
The formation of the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) is being spearheaded by the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee of ALA, Here is the mission statement: 
To bring together all types of librarians interested in public programming for their patrons. Programming is an intrinsically essential library service. The Programming Librarian Interest Group will help librarians advocate for programming at their own institutions, share program ideas and successful strategies, and provide a space for professional development by librarians who do programming officially and unofficially as part of their job duties. The group will also be a vehicle for ALA members to connect more dynamically with ALA’s Public Programming Office.
Erin Shea from Darien Library and I (Janie Hermann form Princeton Public Library) will lead the first meeting of the group. If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to reach out to us for more information about how to join and future events.  
Big shout out to Lauren Bradley who was instrumental in getting the mission statement and petition started for this project to happen. Thank you Lauren.

Librarians going to Midwinter: join us!

janebrarian:

Programming Librarians Unite! Soon we will soon have our very own interest group within ALA — we just have one more hoop to jump through on Sunday at MW to make it a reality. We will be holding our first ever meeting in Philadelphia on Monday January 23rd at 11:30 am in the Networking Uncommons during the ALA Midwinter meeting. Everyone involved in public programming at their library is welcome to join us for this first discussion so mark your schedule. 

The formation of the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) is being spearheaded by the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee of ALA, Here is the mission statement: 

To bring together all types of librarians interested in public programming for their patrons. Programming is an intrinsically essential library service. The Programming Librarian Interest Group will help librarians advocate for programming at their own institutions, share program ideas and successful strategies, and provide a space for professional development by librarians who do programming officially and unofficially as part of their job duties. The group will also be a vehicle for ALA members to connect more dynamically with ALA’s Public Programming Office.

Erin Shea from Darien Library and I (Janie Hermann form Princeton Public Library) will lead the first meeting of the group. If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to reach out to us for more information about how to join and future events.  

Big shout out to Lauren Bradley who was instrumental in getting the mission statement and petition started for this project to happen. Thank you Lauren.

Librarians going to Midwinter: join us!

A Story for Your Snowy Day
Our User Experience Ninja Alex helped a father and son with their new 3D printer last week. Then he received a special thank you. Adorableness ensued. Right in the feels:

Thank you Alex SO much for working with my husband and son so diligently yesterday on the Printerbot. I just wanted to give you a quick story to let you know how much your generosity of time meant to us. My 10-year-old that got the printer, just lost his beloved 4-year-old pet hamster that morning. He died early that morning and he was devastated. He got the 3D printer for Christmas and to help himself feel better and to process the loss of his pet he wanted to make a heart to bury with him on the printer and have the first thing he printed on his new printer go with his dear pet. With your concentrated attention, and my wonderful husband you helped him to do this. When they got home, he printed a perfect heart, placed it in the box with his pet and buried him in a special spot in the yard. It really meant something to him to be able to do this, and as parents it does to us too. Thank you for being SO incredibly helpful and patient and kind, not even knowing what the real story was behind the scenes. 

Librarians - jobs that may seem simple could actually be profound for someone else.

A Story for Your Snowy Day

Our User Experience Ninja Alex helped a father and son with their new 3D printer last week. Then he received a special thank you. Adorableness ensued. Right in the feels:

Thank you Alex SO much for working with my husband and son so diligently yesterday on the Printerbot. I just wanted to give you a quick story to let you know how much your generosity of time meant to us. My 10-year-old that got the printer, just lost his beloved 4-year-old pet hamster that morning. He died early that morning and he was devastated. He got the 3D printer for Christmas and to help himself feel better and to process the loss of his pet he wanted to make a heart to bury with him on the printer and have the first thing he printed on his new printer go with his dear pet. With your concentrated attention, and my wonderful husband you helped him to do this. When they got home, he printed a perfect heart, placed it in the box with his pet and buried him in a special spot in the yard. It really meant something to him to be able to do this, and as parents it does to us too. Thank you for being SO incredibly helpful and patient and kind, not even knowing what the real story was behind the scenes. 

Librarians - jobs that may seem simple could actually be profound for someone else.

Today I worked our farmers’ market booth and made some little signs. This was by far the most popular sign. (The cookbook pictured, The Duke’s Table, was the most popular cookbook.) But nobody had any questions. They all had suggestions. Everybody likes to talk about kale! Here are some kale preparation suggestions I heard:
Just rinse, dry, and pop in a 350-degree oven for 5 minutes or so, until crunchy
Same as above, except spray with olive oil and add a little salt
Use chopped kale in soup recipes where it calls for spinach
I don’t remember all the details but something to do with kale, noodles, peas, and mint (this looks pretty close to it)
Saute kale in olive oil with Italian sausage, a can of white beans, and a can of chopped tomatoes
I recommended this kale and balsamic tofu salad to several people. I cannot tell you how amazing this salad is. I know we all like to mock kale. But this salad is above your mockery.

Today I worked our farmers’ market booth and made some little signs. This was by far the most popular sign. (The cookbook pictured, The Duke’s Table, was the most popular cookbook.) But nobody had any questions. They all had suggestions. Everybody likes to talk about kale! Here are some kale preparation suggestions I heard:

  • Just rinse, dry, and pop in a 350-degree oven for 5 minutes or so, until crunchy
  • Same as above, except spray with olive oil and add a little salt
  • Use chopped kale in soup recipes where it calls for spinach
  • I don’t remember all the details but something to do with kale, noodles, peas, and mint (this looks pretty close to it)
  • Saute kale in olive oil with Italian sausage, a can of white beans, and a can of chopped tomatoes

I recommended this kale and balsamic tofu salad to several people. I cannot tell you how amazing this salad is. I know we all like to mock kale. But this salad is above your mockery.

unemployed-librarian:

librarylinknj:

Your librarian click-bait of the day, courtesy of BuzzFeed: 19 Vintage Photos of Stylin’ Librarians: Polka dots! Cloches! Sock garters! Shirtwaists! Fabulous hair! 
Ooooh, idea: can we call on Librarian Wardrobe to host a gallery of modern re-creations/reinterpretations of some of these photos?

I’m not going to lie, those hats are darling! They need to come back.

I would wear any of these outfits.

unemployed-librarian:

librarylinknj:

Your librarian click-bait of the day, courtesy of BuzzFeed: 19 Vintage Photos of Stylin’ Librarians: Polka dots! Cloches! Sock garters! Shirtwaists! Fabulous hair! 

Ooooh, idea: can we call on Librarian Wardrobe to host a gallery of modern re-creations/reinterpretations of some of these photos?

I’m not going to lie, those hats are darling! They need to come back.

I would wear any of these outfits.

thecostumedlibrarian:

Mrs. Phelps the Librarian and Matilda share a story in Broadway’s MATILDA.

A+ librarian styling.

thecostumedlibrarian:

Mrs. Phelps the Librarian and Matilda share a story in Broadway’s MATILDA.

A+ librarian styling.