New Position!

Lots of changes this year – and a new big one! I recently started work as director of Mechanicsburg Public Library in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. I am excited to get to know people in the community and learn how the library can best serve them, even though it is different right now with the pandemic situation. We are first starting with a new Homework Help service and learning how to best use CARES Act grant funding. Please come visit me!

2019 Recap and 2020 So Far

I have reached my 3 year anniversary working as a librarian! Usually I recap the past year and write about what I’m excited for in the coming year in December or January. I guess it’s a good thing I forgot to do that this year, because 2020 has turned out more different than anyone could imagine! Luckily, 2019 was a busy, normal year.

I served as the assistant Expo committee chair for the 2019 Ohio Library Council conference in September, coordinating the OLC Connects tables among other tasks. I was appointed as the 2020 Expo committee chair in May 2019 and we are still waiting to see if we will be able to have the conference this year.

I have continued serving on the Crawford Young Professionals board, and we held our first Kickball Tournament fundraiser for our annual scholarship in July 2019, along with many other Lunch and Learn and social events throughout 2019 and beginning of 2020.

In June 2019, I graduated from the Crawford Unlimited Leadership program. My group studied Housing Options and Attracting Residents to Crawford County and presented our Leadership in Action day in March.

I also continued mentoring a first grader at Bucyrus Elementary School and completed mentorship and leadership studies with one of our library board members.

In February 2019 I was a presenter for an OhioNET webinar, and we planned Writer’s Workshops with local authors Mindy McGinnis and Addie King for area high school students in February 2019 and March 2020 (before all this happened!). I also started leading the Stories and Stitches book club and worked on/completed many other projects.

Our director, Brenda, retired in 2019 and we welcomed our new director, Stephanie, in August. Our big project in 2019 was joining the Consortium of Ohio Libraries in May. It has been a fun partnership with other COOL libraries and I enjoy serving on the cataloging committee. We also now loan mobile hotspots, which are popular.

Our library was also selected for the Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative in 2019. I served as a mentor for a recent high school graduate who interned in our library over the summer, developing technology/STEM programs for kids. We attended the Kick Off event in Chicago in June, and the Wrap Up event in Washington, D.C. in September. It was so cool to meet librarians from across the country, and the work the students did was very inspiring. I was also thrilled to tour the Library of Congress for the first time!

In 2019, I saw Ariana Grande in concert, was involved in 3 productions at Bucyrus Little Theatre (The Secret Garden– Mrs. Shelley, Hansel and Gretel– accompanist, and The Great Gatsby– Mrs. McKee), celebrated Pride, attended to a friend’s wedding, went to King’s Island, went on a trip to Holland MI, enjoyed another Bratwurst Festival, went to ONU Homecoming, played a lot of Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, participated in the Bucyrus UMC choir, started leading the Bucyrus UMC middle school youth group in the fall, met Marc Brown, and read 25 books!

Top Row: Family at Easter, The Secret Garden Cast, Ariana Grande concert
Middle Row: Hansel and Gretel, Holland Vacation, Washington, D.C. III Trip
Bottom Row: OLC Conference, Meeting Marc Brown, The Great Gatsby Cast

Moving on to 2020: Our newspapers were digitized by Newspapers.com and are now available for in-library use.

It’s hard to believe we attended the Public Library Association conference in Nashville in February of this year. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing colleagues from Ohio and other states!

Left to Right: with Serena from III, Celia from UMSI, and Jen from UMSI!

I was selected for the 2020 Library Leadership Ohio program. It will be held online in July, and I am very excited to meet other librarians and learn about leadership alongside them.

Looking forward to 2019!

I’m so excited about 2019! I will be the assistant Expo committee chair for the 2019 Ohio Library Council conference. I will continue on the Crawford Young Professionals board. I will also continue with the Crawford Unlimited Leadership program. My group’s Leadership in Action day is in March. I will also continue mentoring a first grader at Bucyrus Elementary School and my mentorship with one of our library board members.

Coming up in February I will be a presenter for an OhioNET webinar, and I am planning a Writer’s Workshop for area high school students. I will also be working on a communication plan, strategic planning, and leading a book club. We will be joining the Consortium of Ohio Libraries, beginning an HVAC/lighting project which I have coordinated, and updating our DVD cases.

We are excited to use the levy funding to provide more resources and opportunities for our community! We have already increased weekday hours and look forward to increasing weekend hours soon. We also look forward to providing mobile hotspots, maker activities and tools, as well as expanding our programming and print and digital resources.

It’s going to be a great year! 🙂

Looking back on 2018!

I have now been working for almost 20 months! This year I developed and led technology classes, planned an author visit, led board meetings, did 41 notarizations, attended 3 webinars and 11 workshops/conferences, and assisted patrons with our new Windows 10 computers. I love that every day is different and I get to do so many different things!

In 2018, I went on a trip to Flint with my Wesley friends, attended the Public Library Association conference despite Winter Storm Toby, saw Demi Lovato in concert, reprised Joseph at OCTA, again chaperoned Youth Annual Conference, celebrated Pride, was in my aunt’s wedding, went to King’s Island, went on trips to Lake Erie and Mackinac Island, enjoyed another Bratwurst Festival, went to the Ohio Library Council conference and enjoyed time at Kalahari afterward, went to ONU Homecoming, was in a play, played a lot of Pokemon Go, participated in the Marion Concert Band and Bucyrus UMC choir, and read 13 books!

Row 1: Bucyrus High School career day and author visit with Mindy McGinnis
Row 2: PLA in Philadelphia and First Friday
Row 3: Director’s Retreat and CU Lead

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Row 1: Family at Christmas and Wedding in June
Row 2: Mother’s Day and Lake Erie camping trip
Row 3: CROP Walk and Mackinac Island trip

family

Row 1: ONU Homecoming
Row 2: Dayton Dragons, Youth Annual Conference, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, ONU Library’s 50th anniversary

fun

Row 1: Me and Kelly and Galentine’s Day party
Row 2: Me and Kristi and Wesley service trip to Flint

friends

Summer Excitement!

We’re enjoying a busy summer with the 2018 Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock! I was in the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum again this week as well as Crawford County Now! We are really excited to figure out which projects to take on with our levy funding and how to best use the funds. We are also excited that the Bucyrus Rotary Club and the Friends of the Library have given us generous donations toward the purchase of an automated external defibrillator. In the community, I have one more summer performance with the Marion Concert Band in August and am also working on Crawford Young Professionals’ main fundraiser for our scholarship, the annual Golf Outing in September. Plus the Bratwurst Festival in August! Also looking forward to OLC Annual Conference in October and the planning process for the Expo Hall.

Our Levy Passed!

This is a little late– I forgot to post that the Bucyrus Public Library passed a .5 mill, 5 year tax levy on May 8, 2018! Here is some media coverage. The levy funding will be available in 2019, and we look forward to expanding our service hours, expanding existing collections, adding new collections, providing mobile hotspot lending, providing homebound delivery service, implementing a mobile makerspace, providing a business incubator, and implementing homework centers.

Fun Stuff in 2017

I’ve also gotten to do a lot of fun stuff besides work since I graduated last year! My sister graduated from high school, I went to two friends’ weddings, I again chaperoned Youth Annual Conference, I went to three Pride celebrations, I read several books and joined a book club, I’m mentoring a high school student for her senior project, I went to Cedar Point and King’s Island, I went to my first Bratwurst Festival, I went to ONU Homecoming, I went to my first Ohio Library Council conference, I went on a trip to Cleveland, I dressed up as Arthur for Halloween, I played a lot of Pokemon Go, and I was in a play and a musical!

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2017 Update ~ looking to 2018!

My first 7+ months working full-time have been so fun! I have learned a lot. Some of the big things I have done so far include creating a new website through WordPress (which is still getting tweaked),  procuring a $20,000 grant for us to buy new computers (many thanks to the Community Foundation for Crawford County!), and building a new electronic newsletter.

My normal day-to-day activities include writing press releases, creating graphics, running the library’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, taking photographs, cataloging DVDs and materials for the schools in our consortium, helping with technology questions, proctoring tests, supervising three staff members, researching technology and purchasing new items such as a digital camera, applying for grants, compiling statistics, helping with reference/genealogy questions, and leading storytime as needed. Truly every day is different!

I’ve been involved in board meetings as the person who takes the minutes, served as the liaison to the schools in our consortium, served on the Bucyrus First Friday committee, helped out with the Friends of the Library, and become a Notary public.

I also went to my first Ohio Library Council conference and attended 8 webinars!

In the works for 2018 are a new Snapchat account to engage with the teens, recorded booktalks, our levy campaign (Election Day is in May), technology classes, a rotating makerspace, mobile hotspots, and an author visit in June.

I will also be a new board member for the Crawford County Young Professionals, and I will be on the exposition committee for the Ohio Library Council. Plus, I will be going to the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia in March!

It’s going to be a great year! 🙂

2017 work