Halloween, Librarian Style

Happy Halloween, everyone!

At my library, we take Halloween very seriously—which translates to: Costumes all week!

It seemed only appropriate that I share mine: Ash from Pokémon, Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, Velma from Scooby-Doo, Green Arrow, and 1950s.

Hope everyone has a spooky-fun holiday! I know I have a real terror ahead of me starting tomorrow: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). *Insert horror movie scream*

Summer Reading Memories

I don’t have too much to report on the writing front (yet), as I’m still tying up some post-Summer Reading loose ends. But, in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share some more pictures from Summer Reading.

Good times. Good times.

Halfway Point

We’ve officially hit the halfway point of Summer Reading!!!

And it occurred to me… I’ve been sharing a lot about Summer Reading. (Or at least, I’ve been sharing how it’s been distracting me from writing.)

Wouldn’t it be more fun if I actually shared a bit about the program itself?

Or… even better… some pictures!

And, for a behind-the-scenes look…. You know you’ve had a successful program when your office looks like this afterward:

A Bit of Progress… and A Lot of Nerdiness on the Horizon

I actually had a bit of time to write this week. Not much, but I did have a nice rush going for a bit.

I’ve gone back to working on my old NaNoWriMo project from last year. I’ve had writer’s block with it, but I think I’m starting to get my groove back.

I’ve also worked on a little bit of poetry. It’s nice to have that kind of emotional outlet. Very freeing. I never should have stopped writing poems.

Summer Reading is still going strong, but I’m glad that I’ve been able to carve out a bit of time for the writing side of me.

Of course, the Library Comic Con is coming up soon…. It takes a TON of planning and prep, and, as the nerdiest librarian in all the land…. well, it’s kind of my baby. Patrons really enjoy it, and I love being able to give my fellow nerds a place to let their nerd flag fly. (There aren’t a ton of opportunities for that in rural communities.)

That’s going to be taking up most of my time.

Thank goodness I got some writing in this week!

Feeling a Bit Redundant

What’s new?

Not much.

I’m starting to feel like a broken record… (Wait. Do people still listen to records? Probably only nerds like me. A skipping CD? No, people don’t even listen to those any more. Umm….) I’m starting to feel like… a repetitive Spotify playlist?

Man that doesn’t have much of ring to it.

Anyway, point is: I feel repetitive. Redundant.

But I knew that was going to happen during Summer Reading. I write when I can. I don’t usually have much creativity or energy left after work these days, but every once in a while, a bit of inspiration will strike and I’ll take advantage of it.

Not bad news, but expected news.

Only one thing to do though: Keep moving forward.

First Summer Reading Program Down

Our library has officially held its first Summer Reading program… and wow! I think it’s safe to say that people are eager to get out now that COVID seems to winding down. (Knock on all the wood, cross my fingers, throw some salt over my shoulder, etc….) We had 73 total people (parents and kids) show up to our craft. In comparison, getting 50 patrons would normally be a big deal. So… wow!

And it was so much fun! We built birdhouses, and I was responsible for helping with the paint, glitter, and hot glue…. As evidenced by the below picture.

A big thank you to our community! Nothing makes a librarian happier than seeing people come together for something fun and positive! (And after last year… we need it)

I suppose it goes without saying that I didn’t get around to writing this week. Oh well… priorities. And, as a librarian, priority number one has to be Summer Reading.

And that just means… August will be a writing storm!

More Librarian Than Writer

Not much to report this week: Summer Reading is in full swing, and that means that I’ve changed my residence to the library for the time being. I have managed to write a little bit more, but, like I’ve said… my focus is more librarian than writer at the moment.

I wish I had more to say, but… have I mentioned we’re going to have foxes at the library? I’m so excited!

I mean, seriously… how adorable! Who wouldn’t get distracted from writing at the prospect of seeing foxes!!!

It’s Almost Here!

It’s almost here….

The Summer Reading start date at my library is June 1.

It’s going to be an exciting time: Lots of contests, prizes, programs… We’re even getting live animals!

Chris Pratt’s face says it all. I’m so excited for Summer Reading to start–especially after last year… when we couldn’t really have any programs thanks to COVID.

But it’s a new year with new plans and new excitement.

Bring it on!

(Oh, and no…. still not a lot of writing happening.)