March 31, 2011
March 30, 2011
"Amy" got reamed out by the woman for denying her and her grandchild entry to a program because it was filled to capacity by families that had registered. The woman was apparently acting as if her grandchild was being denied because of being special needs, which is obviously untrue.
After dealing with the woman "Amy" was extremely paranoid about her going to the Director and getting her in trouble. I had to keep assuring her that she did nothing wrong and that the woman was just being a bitch.
Once the woman was done with "Amy" she went into the Youth Services Department and began to complain to "Marie" about one of the foam climbing toys that we have in out picture book room. She claimed that it was being uses inappropriately and wanted it removed because she didn't want her grandchild playing on in. "Marie" denied her request and told her that if she had a problem with the toy she would have to speak to the Department Head about it, which the woman didn't do because she stormed out after no one bent to her will.
I'm so glad I didn't have to deal with this woman.
March 29, 2011
March 28, 2011
March 27, 2011
March 26, 2011
March 25, 2011
As you can probably guess, I was in my glory -- I got to play with food coloring and make the office reek of vinegar, which kept that bitch "Sarah" out of the office.
So you're probably asking yourselves why I actually did all of this... Well I decided the other day that I wanted to do a pasta themed storytime with the kids and dying the pasta, then creating pasta necklaces was the craft that "Favorite Volunteer #2" found for me. When I string it up and make the craft demo I'll post a picture.
Pasta Storytime Books
- "Noodles" by Sarah Weeks & David A. Carter
- "On Top of Spaghetti" by Paul Brett Johnson
- "Everybody Brings Noodles" by Norah Dooley
- "The Spaghetti Party" by Doris Orgel
- "Noodle Man" by April Pulley Sayre
- "More Spaghetti, I Say!" by Rita Golden Gelman
- "Pino and the Signora's Pasta" by Janet Pedersen
- "Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!" by Marilyn Burns
March 24, 2011
After dinner we accidentally broke into Erin's house so they could meet her dog -- She eventually showed up. After playing with the dog for a bit and getting pooped on by the hedgehog, the four of us went out for ice cream and went back to the girl's house to play games until their parents got home. Everyone had a good time, so it was a successful evening and the girls both had good reports from their teacher. Excellent evening.
March 23, 2011
March 22, 2011
March 21, 2011
March 20, 2011
While we were out at Dallas BBQ one of my friend's friends actually drank three Texas sized drinks within a short period of time thus causing him to vomit all over the table we were eating at -- Fun huh? We sent his ass back to Staten Island in a taxi (I have no idea how much that must have cost him).
After all of that fun we headed to Off The Wagon (We're always at Off The Wagon or Down The Hatch) but when we got there we saw that there was no place for us to sit and we figured that we'd never get a beer pong table, so two of our friends walked around the corner to 1849 to see if there were places for us to sit and chill there. There was so we all headed over there. We were there for a few hours drinking and talking. I was actually told several secrets while I was there, which is always fun. Eventually I had to peace out or else I would have been stuck in Penn Station for hours which is never fun.
Overall it was a lovely evening with my good friends and I can't wait until we do it all again.
I had to take a picture of the Chelsea Hotel when I passed it yesterday with my college friends because this baby is haunted and if you've gotten to know anything about me through my blog it is that I love me some ghosts/haunted places. If we weren't in such a rush to get to our other friend's birthday dinner I totally would have gone inside. Maybe next time.
March 19, 2011
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March 18, 2011
Every year "Julia" does this poetry magazine (which she calls a zine and it's really annoying) and every year she needs to find a teen volunteer to put the thing together because she is extremely stupid when it comes to computers. This particular year she is running super late so our Department Head has been on her ass. Because of this "Julia" started bothering "Mini Page" to see if she wanted to do it and not get paid for it, she wanted this poor girl to volunteer -- "Mini Page" is way too nice and doesn't know how to say no even if she really doesn't want to do something. After she grilled "Mini Page" I suggested to her that she have "Favorite Page #1" do it when she comes back from college and that she get paid to do it seeing as she works in the damn library. She stuttered and did her normal thing, then our Department Head said it was a great idea since "Favorite Page #1" has done it before. I texted "Favorite Page #1" and she said she'd be happy to do it, thus lots of problems solved.
- "Julia" has someone to put her magazine together
- "Mini Page" isn't being forced to do something she doesn't want to do
- My Department Head no longer has to worry about "Julia" messing it up
On the newsletter front I had to figure out whether it was my Department Head who messed it up or the lady who puts it together (She's a Clerk). This entailed that I check all of the dates with our master calendar and with the master sheet our Department Head sent to the clerk in charge of it. Verdict on the matter, they both screwed it up and I have demanded that they be sent back to elementary school to learn how to read a calendar and their days of the week.
After work I hung out with Erin and Maria. We went out to dinner and did a little shopping. Not a terribly exciting evening but we always have fun together.
March 17, 2011
Stupid Things Students Said:
"I thought librarians were random people that couldn't get real jobs..."Number of Times "Liberry" Was Said: 8
Student: "What do you do?"
Me: "We're librarians..."
Student: "What do you do..."
"How much does it cost to get a library card?"
"I've never been to the liberry. I don't like to read."
Student: "What are you?"
Me: "The library..."
Student: "Oh, nevermind"
Number of Times Asked About Summer Jobs: 6
The worst part of all of this is that we have to do it all over again in a few weeks but at the middle school.
March 16, 2011
March 15, 2011
Basically, "Julia" got stuck doing a storytime that "Amy" typically does and instead of getting three & a half year-olds to five-year-olds she was bombarded by nannies with children of all ages because "Amy" lets anyone and everyone come to her programs. So, "Julia" complained to our Department Head about it -- Apparently our Department Head had NO idea that "Amy" was doing what she was doing. So, when "Amy" go back from lunch she got in trouble for not following the ages set for programs. "Amy" (Who never listens or lets go of an issue) spent forever trying to figure out what she "should do" and what the "real rules" were despite everything myself, the Department Head and "Julia" said to her. She claimed that everyone was inconsistant in what they do, when in reality she is the inconsistant one. I really wanted to smack her today.
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March 14, 2011
- "Stalker #1" would constantly come up to me when I worked at the circulation desk asking me to help him, offering me fruit salad he made just for me, etc. He actually came up to the Youth Services Department looking for me at some point last year, he asked one of the women when I was working and she told him she couldn't tell him & told him that he needed to leave the room. My coworker told the Assistant Director and she talked to him.
- "Stalker #2" came in everyday for a week and a half asking me to go on a date with him. He would stand in front of where ever I was at circulation and give me tons of "reasons" I should date him. This dude didn't not take no for an answer and didn't care that I said I had a boyfriend. Someone stepped in and told him to leave me the hell alone. He didn't show up again after that.
- "Stalker #3" was this guy (a teacher) who also was trying to get me to date him. He showed up at the library for several days until Phil saved me from him and the dude didn't come back. This guy I found out dated someone I knew for a hot second and he apparently had anger issues.
March 13, 2011
March 12, 2011
March 11, 2011
March 10, 2011
I had to sort through, label, deliver and collect the money for the Girl Scout Cookies® my coworkers bought from Justin's sisters. There were five boxes of cookies that I had to move from my car into the library. It was annoying.
In addition to all of that I was somehow stuck teaching a den of Cub Scouts about our local history -- I was only told about this today, so even though I've lived in the area my whole life I had to do a lot of reading up on our history. It was a pain, I had twelve little boys who honestly didn't care about anything I had to say running around and pushing each other around for forty-five minutes. What was worst was that neither their parents nor their leader did anything to help me.
It was a very long day.
March 9, 2011
But honestly I don't feel anyone on the staff has any right to say anything to me because there is nothing in our contract about tattoos and there is no policy on the matter, he just verbalized to people that he wanted a committee to gather whenever someone wanted a tattoo to deem if it was appropriate or not. I don't think it is right to tell people what they can or cannot do with their bodies. And I mean, I understand he is trying to prevent the staff from getting "offensive" tattoos but really? I don't even know how one would even begin to enforce this garbage.
FYI: There are three librarians on staff that have two tattoos or more, there are several Clerks with tattoos and even our payroll lady has a tattoo. His tattoo thing started when "Leslie" and Lenni got Dewey numbers tattoos on their arms -- The pretty little fancy fonted numbers reminded him of concentration camp tattoos.
That all being said I have reached out to the librarians of Twitter and asked everyone that follows me if they could send me a picture or two of their tattoos and lemme know what state they are in so I can compile pictures and data to show him that he is being kind of ridiculous. Here are some of their pictures. Thank you all!!
Twitter Librarians with Tattoos
Not in any order, but you should follow them!
March 8, 2011
Later on at the beginning of the program registration I had a mother come in who told us she left work early so that she could sign her children up for library programs. Apparently she wasn't supposed to be the one to do this, her husband was but he ended up having a flat tire and he father was supposed to take their children but he got a phone call yesterday that there was an odd smell coming from one of the apartments he owned. And he found his tenant dead, according to the coroner the body was there for at least two months and apparently the guys hands fell off when they moved the body -- True story.
In addition to those things "Emily" and I had to deal with the craziest program registration in a long time -- Our Department Head called in sick yet again and we got stuck doing it. We had tons of people and a lot of programs to sign them up for. It was exhausting.
Also Lenni and "Leslie" blew up my spot and forced me to show & tell our Director about my tattoo. He looked at it, laughed and walked away. After all of the bull people in the building were talking about having a tattoo comminty and getting them approved, the Director didn't care. It was an odd addition to my weird day.
March 7, 2011
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♥ HarperCollins Puts New Limits On Library E-Books
♥ Library Consortia Begin To Vote Against HarperCollins Ebook Checkout Policy
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March 6, 2011
About Teen Tech Week From The American Library Association:
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 and has a general theme of Get Connected @ your library.
Teens’ use of nonprint resources has increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. According to a recent study by Harris Interactive, in 2005, 86% of youth aged 8-18 have a computer in their home, and 74% have Internet access in their home. On average, 8-18 year olds spend 6 hours and 21 minutes per day using media (including TV, video/DVDs/movies, video games, audio media, computers and print media). Furthermore, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 71% of teens report that the Internet is their primary source for completing school projects. Yet multiple studies have shown that the majority of teens lack the critical thinking skills and technical expertise to use the Internet and other electronic resources effectively. Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently.
Teens, in order to gain the skills necessary to compete in today's job market, need access to digital and online information and trained professionals who can help them use these resources effectively, efficiently and ethically. Librarians and educators know this and work with teens on a regular basis to ensure they develop these skills. Teen Tech Week is a chance for libraries to throw open their physical & virtual doors and show their communities all the great things they're doing for teens with technology.
March 5, 2011
March 4, 2011
- Have A Scavenger Hunt In NYC
- Get Thrown Out of a Nightclub (#6) *
- Learn How To Properly Make French Macarons
- Drink Only Water for a Month *
- Do Something that Scares You (#69) *
- Go Ghost Hunting In Gettysburg, PA
- Buy a Princess Dress (#35) *
- Love Your Body (#25) *
- Become Certified To Scuba Dive
- Learn a Foreign Language (#80) *
- Go to a
Shooting Range *
- Visit The Library Of Congress
- Finish Unfinished Business (#14) *
- Take & Post A Picture Everday For The Year
- Go Inside the Statue of
- Learn to Walk in Three Inch Stilettos (#30) *
- Go Wine Tasting *
- See A Movie At A Drive-In Theater
- Swim With Sharks (#47) *
- Learn to Drive Stick Shift *
- Visit The Cemeteries In New Orleans
- Indulge in a Great Work of Literature (#88) *
- Go Ghost Hunting in
(#59) * England
- Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Learn to Get a Good Night’s Sleep (#99) *
- Write A Children’s Book
March 3, 2011
I didn't get everything on my list done, but I also started the list June 1st, 2010 so I didn't even have a whole year to work on the list. Nine things in in nine months is pretty good I think. Whatever I didn't finish will be on my next list.
- Get Thrown Out of a Nightclub (#6)
People Watch in (#52) Paris
- Drink Only Water for a Month
Take Up a Hobby – Just for You, Just for Fun (#86)
- Do Something that Scares You (#69)
Take a Dance Class Explore Religious Teachings for a Tradition You Weren’t Raised In (#16)
- Buy a Princess Dress (#35)
- Love Your Body (#25)
Mail a Postcard to Post Secret
- Learn a Foreign Language (#80)
- Go to a
- Finish Unfinished Business (#14)
- Go Inside the Statue of
Liberty Eat Too Much in (#60) Italy
- Learn to Walk in Three Inch Stilettos (#30)
- Go Wine Tasting ←Erin ruined this one by having a hangover on her birthday
Say Yes to a Night Out with Locals (#53)
- Swim With Sharks (#47)
- Learn to Drive Stick Shift
- Indulge in a Great Work of Literature (#88)
Get a Tattoo
- Go Ghost Hunting in
(#59) ← Obviously not getting this one done England Create a Cookbook of My Recipes
- Learn to Get a Good Night’s Sleep (#99)
March 2, 2011
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March 1, 2011
After this woman left one of the tutors that was there walked up to me and whispered "That bitch is crazy. She got me in trouble with my assistant principle because she said I was disrespectful..." She went on for several minutes telling me about all of the problems this woman has caused her -- I mentioned it in my note in the incident book.
This wasn't the first time I've dealt with this crazy woman. She actually yelled at me several months ago for "screaming" at her daughter -- I almost cursed her out because of it. I really hate this woman.