April 30, 2011
We all tried to stay up to watch the Royal Wedding live, which kinda sorta happened -- We were all drifting in and out of sleep while watching it. We did all see Kate's arrival to Westminster Abbey and her dress, which to be honest was the most important thing to all of us aside from the kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
After some how watching them leave Westminster Abbey we all went to sleep and woke up around 11:30am. I don't know about everyone else but I had a wicked hangover. So Erin and I made tea and heated up the lemon scones that I had made the night before and started watching more wedding stuff until we were both tired of laying around the living room. Once that happened we both got our stuff and left. I went home and basically slept off my hangover -- That is how I spent Friday.
It was a much needed boost from all of the crap I've been dealing with for the past two weeks. I'm glad I went even though I had a hangover.
April 29, 2011
April 28, 2011
April 27, 2011
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April 26, 2011
April 25, 2011
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* = Justin found this article and sent it to me. I just thought it was cute of him.
April 24, 2011
Way before the chaos we had a father and son come in with two huge bins filled with Legos. "Mama Page" and I were in our glory. We went through all of the bins trying to pull out all of the Lego people so I could take a few for my new photo obsession, Lego people doing various things (#LibrariansLoveLegos on Twitter). We spent about an hour doing that.
After work I drove to Justin's and we headed out to have dinner with our friends at the Cheesecake Factory. The six of us had dinner, dessert and bullshitted for awhile before heading our separate ways. That was pretty much my Saturday.
Today Justin and I woke up early (much to my chagrin) because we had tickets to see the Mets play against the Arizona Diamondbacks. We got to Citi Field a little after 11:00am, so we got food and watched batting practice before heading over to our seats and watching the game.
Unlike the other games we went to so far they played well and they ended up winning.
After the game we headed back to Justin's appartment, but not before trying to find something to eat and failing -- Like nothing was open seeing as it's Easter today. I hung around for a bit and then I headed home. Pretty standered weekend for me.
April 23, 2011
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April 22, 2011
The Things I Did
- I made mustache templates for my Department Head to use with the kids who signed up to do the Earth Day Lorax craft -- I was just gonna have the kids freehand it, but seeing as I made the craft demo and I was no longer doing the craft I felt that I should be nice and create a template.
- I did statistics for my programs.
- Wrote up blurbs for my programs to put in next months edition of the library newsletter.
- Yelled at "Julia" for being stupid on two counts. A patron called to see if we had anything going on for a 3-year-old and/or a 6-year-old child. "Julia" proceeds without looking at the newsletter to tell her that we have an Earth Day Craft, blah blah blah... She tells the woman to come in and sign up for the craft for the 6-year-old -- You have to sign up in person when there is a fee attached. Lucky I got up and double checked the newsletter before she got off the phone because the craft was for those in second grade and up. "Julia" told the woman this and asked what grade the 6-year-old was in (I wanted to punch her in the back of the head for thinking that a 6-year-old could possibly be in second grade). Eventually she told the woman there was nothing for her children to do. After getting off the phone she decided to look at the list of individuals that signed up to do that craft. She looks into the office to tell us that someone signed a 6-year-old up, closes the book and doesn't do anything about it. I ended up telling her maybe she should call the person up and tell them that we'll refund their money because the child is too young to do the craft. She stutters that she didn't sign them up and I got pissed at her. I yelled at her and told her that if she found a mistake she should fix even though she didn't do it. What was she gonna do wait for me or the Department Head to do it? Wait until the family dragged themselves to the library for the craft and then deny them? She stuttered a bit more and eventually called them. I cannot stand her stupidity.
April 21, 2011
April 20, 2011
Here is further evidence that the people on my mother's side of the family are idiots; 95% of our family found out about his death because my stupid cousins posted it on Facebook before my aunts and uncles could get in touch with one another. Really people?! I'm related to some stupid motherfuckers.
It's all very odd to me because my mother hasn't had any sort of reaction. So I just gave her a kiss and told her I loved her and that was that. She is hanging around our living room like she normally would. I have no clue how my mother actually feels about her father dying and it seems weird to me. When my grandmother (her mother-in-law) died in 2005 she had more of a reaction -- Granted I don't believe she cried (I can't remember, it was six-years ago and all I remember is how devastated I was), but she at least said something about it, I don't know if it was because she knew I loved my grandmother more than anything in the world or what but she still reacted. I don't know.
Library wise, I called my Department Head to tell her because my union contract is on my desk and I don't know what I'm entitled to in terms of bereavement. I'm gonna go to work tomorrow because I have no idea what is going on with a wake or funeral. I'll keep you all up-to-date.
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April 19, 2011
So, the first half of the day I was zonked out because I'm not used to going to work at 9:00am on a Tuesday (Yeah, I know I typically work 9:00am-5:00pm every other day of the week, but I have a mental block thing about Tuesdays) and I ended up drinking two cups of coffee (Which the Clerks forced me to make and then they complained that I make coffee too strong. I'm Cuban bitches, I drink coffee the equivalent of rocket fuel at home) and taking a caffeine pill. This was a bad idea, because I overdosed on caffeine in the morning the rest of my day was crappy -- I had this nauseous/dizzy feeling for the rest of the day which I blame on the pill because as I stated above, I drink strong coffee at home and I can take a nap after I drink said coffee. Thankfully everyone else was feeling crappy so they weren't paying attention to me. So I hid in the office the majority of the day, which I probably didn't really have to do because it's spring break this week and our patrons are MIA.
After escaping from the library I went home to find that my diploma finally came in the mail. I was super excited and I did the obvious, took at picture of it and posted it on my Facebook. I'm so happy it finally came, I now have proof that I am a real librarian!
April 18, 2011
I really wanted to spend one of my days this weekend visiting the Gatsby house before they demolished it, but I didn't get to and they tore it down. So there goes that adventure, I guess I'll have to find myself another random thing to do for the next weekend that I'm totally free -- Which won't be for a few weeks because I'm working this Saturday and the following Sunday. I'll let you know what random thing(s) I end up deciding to do.
April 17, 2011
When I was done with storytime her nanny swept her away so I didn't have a chance to say anything. I told my Department Head, who couldn't believe what the child had been saying. I had never seen this child before so I don't know if she is being bullied by someone or if her parents are teaching her to be racist. I kind of hope I don't have to deal with her again.
April 16, 2011
April 15, 2011
April 14, 2011
April 13, 2011
As soon as I got into work today "Julia" who was supposed to only work half of the day called in sick and it was extremely obvious why she did it, today is her birthday. So, she decided to be selfish and call in sick on a Wednesday when she knows that it's the one day of the week that we need to make sure that people are in because "Amy" and I have four hours worth of programs in the AM. If she wanted the damn day off she should have taken it as annual leave forever ago.
"Marie" was pissed when she found out "Julia" called in because she does it all the time and it messes up the day for everyone else -- She always calls in on the worse days possible. "Marie" was telling me that she feels like "Julia" is the boy who cried wolf of illness and that she doesn't ever believe her when she says she doesn't feel well. "Julia" actually called out sick so many time last year that when she actually needed time because she needed to have her gall bladder removed she barely had any -- She also milked the crap out of this surgery, she was out of work for almost three weeks and "Mama Page" & I were so annoyed with her because we both had our gall bladders removed and we didn't need that much time recovering. < /Rant >
"Amy" and I set up the auditorium for our program, no problems even though I wasn't feeling so hot. We started the first program and while we were doing it she gets a phone call from her daughter's school saying that they think she has strep and needs to be picked up, so "Amy" ran out to go get her. The problem is that "Amy" doesn't have a car and she relies on cabs/buses to get her around, so everything takes her forever and a year to do. Because "Amy" left I was stuck doing this huge program by myself with headache. It was really annoying but I made it through the morning. By the time our Department Head came into work I was in a mood and she just left me alone for the rest of the day.
I cannot wait to see "Julia" tomorrow and call her out for pretending to be sick because it was her birthday. I'll keep you up-to-date on that shit show.
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First celebrated in 2010 by the American Library Association Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Service (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL). National Bookmobile Day is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
April 12, 2011
You can probably guess that I was in my glory when I found out and could not wait to point out to my Department Head that her newest employee is not only disliked by myself and several other people in our Department, but that she is disliked by some of the people at Circulation and by some of the Adult Librarians. She just sighed when I told her. Seven people in total hate the woman and others strongly dislike her. Get rid of the bitch.
National Library Workers Day is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
April 11, 2011
April 10, 2011
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious. They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life."
In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"
National Library Week was observed again in 1959, and the ALA Council voted to continue the annual celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship.
I spent the first half of Saturday with my sister at IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show). We wandered around and bought tons of makeup, false lashes, etc. It was a lot of fun if you like makeup, as my sister and I do. After IMATS my sister demanded that I take her to Artichoke, so we walked down to MacDougal and guess what, it was closed even though it says it was supposed to be open at 11:00am. Since it was closed I suggested we go to Cones and get ice cream then head back to Artichoke for lunch. We walk over and Cones was closed also -- Apparently it opens at 1:00pm. We started walking around Bleeker and we found Pizza Roma, so we walked in and had lunch. It was delicious. Once we were done with our pizza we ran across the street and each got almond cream ice cream from Cones -- Which is my favorite ice cream ever.
After being gluttonous I dropped my sister off at Penn Station and met up with a bunch of my college friends. A few of them were gonna go back to their apartments to take naps and showers (They spent Friday night on Long Island at another one of our friend's apartments), so myself and two of the guys wandered around NYC for hours. We went to Max Brenner for hot chocolate and sweets, we smoked hookah for hours at Horus Cafe and Kebab House (This is where Justin and a bunch of other people showed up at), we went to Verlaine for drinks and snacks, then we ended up at Continental for more drinks. I was super tired from waking up at 6:45am to get ready for IMATS, so this was the last place I went with them before I decided to go home.
Sunday I woke up early and drove to Justin's apartment so we could go to the Mets game together. Like Friday we sat through the entire game just to see them lose again -- Well, I slept for a good portion of the game because I took medication for my poor sore legs. After the game we had dinner and then I headed home because I was still tired.
That is how I spent two out of the three days of my extra long weekend.
April 9, 2011
April 8, 2011
We have tickets to Sundays game. I'll let you all know how it goes.
April 7, 2011
Once everything was cleaned up I went back into the office, told the woman and asked each of them if they have ever had that happen before. "Amy" said she has a kid do it once last year, "Julia" said once also and my Department Head said in her twenty years as a Childrens Librarian that she has never had it happen before. I really hope that this was my first and last with this at work.
"Derek" finally finished updating the old laptop that I asked for. So I spent the day putting the programs that I want on it and updating the department's iPod. A wonderful waste of a day, especially since I was sick yesterday and not feeling so hot today.
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April 6, 2011
April 5, 2011
April 4, 2011
She pissed me off so much I took a picture of her doing nothing and texted it to our Department Head. I think this bitch should be fire.
I was away when this all happened, but when I came back into the room "Amy" told me all about it. I proceeded to call our Director and told him that I refuse to help her child because I am not going near anyone with a stomach virus. I told him that if he made me go near the child and I was to get sick that I would be a pain in his ass about it for the next three months. He sighed and said fine. Once I was off the phone with him "Amy" told me how awesomely ballsy I am and that she wishes she could be like me.
After the program the mother came and got her son, asking him if we had helped him or whatever and then she left. After she walked out I went into the room and sprayed it down with disinfectan.
I don't understand why parents think it's okay for their children, that they obviously didn't think were well enough to go to school to come into the library to hang out on the computers. If you didn't want them to go to school they should stay at home in bed. They shouldn't be in the library contaminating the air like little outbreak monkeys. Especially on a day were their are tons of toddlers around for programs. These parents are so inconsiderate.
April 3, 2011
After that I created certificates for various people, withdrew a bunch of Magic School Bus VHS tapes (which I brought home for my sister because she loved the Magic School Bus as a kid), yelled at children for various reasons, etc.
On top off all of this we had elementary aged kids in today talking to each other about Jersey Shore -- Which we just found disturbing, children screaming at their grandparents for various reasons, children hiding and freaking their grandparents out, teenage girls doing exercises on the floor in our Young Adult Fiction room, stupid question, etc. Thankfully I get paid double time on Sundays to deal with all of this crap.
April 2, 2011
April 1, 2011
As soon as I found out I texted him and asked him what he did to prompt such a response from a middle aged white woman. He claims he didn't do anything but try to help her -- I don't believe him because he can be kind of an ass sometimes. I'll have to investigate some more and find out what actually happened.
What do I do?
What do I do?
This library book is 42
I admit that it's mine
But I can't pay the fine--
Should I turn it in
Or hide it again?
What do I do?
What do I do?
School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. First celebrated in 1985 (as School Library Media Month; the name was changed to School Library Month in 2010), every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. Shares the theme of National Library Week. Contact the ALA American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA) with questions.