Librarian for a day

by beagooddad on June 18, 2010

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For one of my summer classes (that I’m about to drop because it will be too much of a time commitment over summer), I’m supposed to do 60 hours of community service. I volunteered at the library and had my first night on the job last night.

They put me to work right away shelving books and after a brief training period of how alphabetizing works, and a few practices, I was off and running for about 2 1/2 hours of work.

A few years back, my dad and I did these really awesome built in bookcases all over the front room of our house that is now our library. They are stocked with books as well as the short bookcase near my bed and under Pookie’s bed and the big bookcase in the girls’ room and the bookcase in the basement and a few baskets where unfiled books end up.

BeAGoodMom organizes by look. She gets these neat piles of books that are sideways next to another stack of books that is up and down. It looks very pretty and probably allows us to get more books on the shelves. Hardcovers end up next to each other buy height and paperbacks sometimes get stacked two deep.

I, however, like to organize by author and then title. Sometimes I’ll mix it up and do author and then original published date which makes it easier to find the next book in a series.

I’ve lost the battle in our house.

But I lived to fight another day…at the library. It was awesome. In addition to just putting the books where they belong, we also have to fix the books around it that are out of order. Some people do yoga, some people do shopping, some prefer chocolate. I think I might have found my stress release shelving books.

The person training me (she remembers the Great Depression) commented on how nice it was to have someone that actually new the alphabet and told me what a great job I was doing. I can’t remember the last time that happened at my real job and I do things way harder than alphabetizing on most days.

Unfortunately, I realized that I’m just not going to have time for 60 hours over the summer. That works out to just over 8 hours a week and I just can’t commit to that. But maybe I can find a way to get in a 3 hour shift every week or two.

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