Things I've Learned While Working at the Library: I Need a Jeeves
One of the things that makes working at the library such a great job is that one thing I find in the library may lead me to discover something new. I find an author or a book I knew nothing about, and end up going off on a voyage through the library to find out more. Let me give a recent example, wherein I learned that there is nothing more valuable than having a "Jeeves".
I recently had an opportunity to appear on KCPT’s locally produced program "Check, Please!". On this program, viewers are asked to nominate their favorite restaurant for review, visit two other restaurants nominated by other guest reviewers, and then we meet to discuss all three restaurants on the air. If you are a Parkville Branch customer, you have probably driven by my favorite restaurant, Nick & Jake’s. My fellow reviewers nominated the Avalon Café in Weston, and Grunauer in the crossroads arts district.
It's story time again, and Squeaker the storytime mouse is having a good time sharing books with the kids. He just loves to make them laugh. Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli was a laugh out loud story. I wonder what he will come up with next Thursday?
Are you trying to find the retail value of your used car or truck?
The library's Reference Section has the most current edition of N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide. This publication references the values for vehicles (passenger cars and light duty trucks) from 1991 through 2010.
Since I work at the library, and I'm here the majority of the time, I had to step back and put myself in the shoes of our customers. I wondered if I would continue to use the library as a primary resource, or if I would rely solely on the power of the internet to solve all my information quests? I love the ability to dream from my living room, and pop into any area that the internet can take me. But, I think I love the library more for giving me solid resources that are accessible for free with my library card.
Today while I was helping a teen looking for a book, I overheard her brother telling her that she could get the book's audio version by purchasing it with "Mom’s account and she’ll pay for it". He had recently purchased one and paid $10. Wow, I thought to myself, they could benefit by using Overdrive. I apologized for over hearing their conversation, and told them about our Overdrive database.
Mid-Continent Public Library has a wonderful collection of picture books. One of my new favorites is a book titled The Flower Man by Mark Ludy. It is a wordless book. However, the pictures paint a very sweet and rich story about how a small gesture can have a huge impact on an entire community.
We have this really handy computer in the middle of the Blue Ridge Branch that has one important role: it lets you tell us what you think about the library. The great thing about this computer is that while it won’t let you sign onto the Internet, you have the ability to (without battling the potential Internet waiting list) take a survey, which will be sent to Mid-Continent Public Library headquarters. It gets to the people at the top.