There are a couple of new “summer” faces here in Libraryland; my wonderful page, Miss Samantha, and my junior assistant, Miss Faith.
Samantha, who is a combination high school/PTech/college student has proven to be a quick study competently handling the four times a week Interlibrary Loan delivery. The delivery is the way we request from and fill requests for materials throughout our system as well as facilitate several rotating collections; audio, film, large type, graphic novels, and teen readers.
Using the parameters I outlined to her, Samantha has also completed weeding the picture books, toddler books and easy readers. Just as you weed a garden so your fruits and vegetables flourish, you also have to periodically weed a library collection to make room for new titles. As a result of that project, Book Bench was launched. Once the weather clears, you can look forward to seeing bags of free titles to take home for your personal libraries. A delightful young woman, Samantha currently works 15 hours a week.
Miss Faith approached me in late winter wanting to volunteer. At the time she was 8. I told her to come see me when she turned 9. Once she had her May birthday, finished dance, baseball and school for the summer, Faith came aboard. She works 1 hour a week from 10-11AM. She enjoys emptying the book drop and checking in the materials found there. She also helps me shelve books and has a fairly good idea where things go. We work from 10-1030, take an employee break, and resume work until her mom picks her up at 11.
Recently, I asked her to come up with some ideas for our main floor display case. She had a list of 15 potential subjects. This last Tuesday, she settled on children which was then interpreted to mean babies and parenting. Together we looked for appropriate titles and Faith arranged the display and wiped down the glass after I sprayed it with cleaner. Faith has a younger brother waiting in the wings until he turns 9!
What do a teenager and 9 year old have in common? They both are avid readers and have brought much joy and assistance to 19 Kingsbury Avenue.