Archive for July, 2010

Library Day in the Life at Chili: Day 5

Today’s my last day in my Day in the Life. 😦 I know you’ll be sad that you can’t read about the minutia (trivial details) of my library life. Today is pretty full.

This morning its REFERENCE REFERENCE REFERENCE, although its been pretty quiet, which means I still might be able to get something done besides answering all your wonderful and quirky questions! 🙂

This afternoon we’ll be showing a movie and eating lots of yummy buttery artery clogging popcorn.

We’ll be showing: The Iron Giant

Voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Christopher McDonald
Warner Bros.; Directed by Brad Bird
Rated PG; 86 minutes; 1999
A giant metal robot falls to the earth, scaring the townsfolk of a small town in Maine in 1958. After befriending a boy named Hogarth, the unlikely duo ultimately saves the residents from their own fears and prejudices. Based on Ted Hughes 1968 novel The Iron Man.

Check out the trailer here:


Library Day in the Life at Chili: Day 4

Today I had ALL TO MYSELF! No programs, no reference.

Here are some of the delightful things I was able to do:
*organize my desk
*place a book order (first one I’ve had time to do this summer!)
*making some program displays for my program next week
*contact the programmer for my next week’s program

Here’s next week’s program:

Wed, August 4 from 2 – 4 pm
Henna Tattoos & Bride & Prejudice
Join us and henna artist Meena Ross!

She’ll teach us a little bit about the history & culture of henna tattoos.
Afterwards, she’ll create a work of art on your arm or hand while we watch a PG-13 movie that shows what happens when India & Jane Austen collide.
Ages 13 and up are welcome. Space is limited, make sure to register now!
Be aware! These are temporary tattoos, but they can last between 1 to 4 wks!

Here’s a trailer for the movie

Library Day in the Life at Chili: Day 3

Helping people in the morning. Chocolate fondue in the afternoon!

This morning I started the chocolate fondue brewing in the crock pot.
Fondue and Crockpots were made for each other! It was so easy to get started and the staff area smelled DELICIOUS!

The recipe I used:
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
* 24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
* 1-1/4 C. evaporated milk
* 1/4 C. sugar
* 2 t. vanilla extract
* a little coffee for an added PUNCH!
* Dippers: cubed poundcake, fruit, pretzels, cookies, marshmallows

After reference and lunch one of the pages cut up the strawberries (YUM) and we brought everything into our meeting room. At 2pm we showed Ghostbusters (who you gonna call?) and ate tons of chocolately yumminess.

Library Day In the Life at Chili: Day 2

Wow. Another day has blown by!

I started my day by grocery shopping! 🙂 I needed to buy supplies for tomorrow’s program… CHOCOLATE FONDUE! Yum! We’ll have chocolate fondue (with marshmallows, pretzels, sugar cookies and strawberries) and we’ll watch Ghostbusters.

Then I waited patiently for people to show up for my program: Home Videos: What creative gems have you got hidden on your camera? Come and share your PG films!

And waited. And waited. And waited. Then I stopped waiting.

I prepared for my Junior Friends group meeting. Thank you Hannah for showing up. 🙂 We talked about creating a promotional video for the library and looked at examples of fun library videos that have already been created.

This evening I was on the reference desk and WOW. The time just flew by. I helped a bunch of people find summer reading (look now before they’re all checked out!), I helped people find travel guides and I helped people find home maintenance books.

Now we just have five minutes before closing, so I’m typing away while I can. See you guys tomorrow bright and early!

Library Day in the Life at Chili: Day 1

So begins my journey through a typical summer day in my life.
Its been so busy today!
In the morning I tried to do some ordering and clean up my desk (wait until you see the AFTER picture. Jeepers.) I also wrote a letter asking for donations because for Teen Read Week all of the libraries in Monroe County we are going to try and get author Terry Trueman to speak! Yay!

This afternoon I was on reference and WOW. It was so busy that I was able to help a ton of people, but I wasn’t able to do much more. I almost didn’t even have time to type this! Fhew. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store for me!

Hunger Games: The Movie

There’s an article in a Los Angeles newspaper today about the movie adaptation of the The Hunger Games. It’s true! There are people working on this right now. And the best part!?! Suzanne Collins wrote the script herself! Apparently, it’s been passed on to someone else for a polish, and is just that much closer to becoming a reality. Casting is not ready to begin, so we have plenty of time to speculate. The article lists fan favorites for Katniss as Chloe Moretz, Dakota Fanning and Saoirse Ronan. What do you think? Who should play Katniss? Peeta? Gale? And, are you anticipating this film as much as I am?

Starting next week, I’m going to be participating in a wiki called Library Day in the Life. Every day next week, I’ll post here about what I’m doing at the library that day. There are other librarians doing it too! How cool is that? So next week, my blog posts will be more about the nitty gritty of being a librarian rather than some of the more obscure posts I usually do. You can check out the wiki here.

I’m hoping that other librarians from the county will post some of the exciting things they’re doing next week, just so that you can get a flavor of how similar and different each library is. Lets see who participates! I know I will! 🙂

Wheatland Chili Students

A student from Wheatland Chili came into the library with his summer reading list, so I stole it (temporarily) and scanned it in. This means that even though its not available on their website, you can get it here!

Remember! For those of you who don’t have your school list up here, let us know! We’ll try and find a student with a physical copy and scan it in or find it on the internet for you.

Good luck with all your reading!

We’re working on getting some awesome book lists up on the site, but before we go to all the work, we want to know


We have a section of book lists here, but we want it to grow and flourish like a pumpkin, getting bigger and bigger until you can drive away in it like Cinderella. Well maybe not exactly like that, but you get the idea. 🙂

So let us know! You can add a comment here or email me!

Another Book to Movie Trailer

I read about another teen book that is being made into a film today, Flipped, by Wendelin Van Draanen. It’s about a boy and a girl, chapters alternating between the two. The girl is quite smitten (yes, smitten) with the boy for years, but he has no need for her. When they reach junior high, things change (you might say, flip) on them. This book is super popular, and if you haven’t read it yet, you should do so now. One change the filmmakers made for the movie is the era. The movie takes place in the 50’s instead of present day. Watch the trailer and see what you think about this change.  (Regardless of the change, it looks pretty cute.)