Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Packing for 2.5 weeks in Europe

You remember Joan Didion's epic packing list post?
Because I'm a dork I inventoried what I've packed for 2.5 weeks travel in Germany and beyond:

1 skirt
1 pair jeans
1 pair khakis
1 pair black capris
Enough underwear, bras, socks for 1 week
5 blouses
1 thin sweater
Bathing suit
PJs: 2 pairs shorts, 2 t-shirts
Bag with: shampoo, conditioner, facewash, bar of soap, face astringent, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush, floss, tweezers, jewelery, prescriptions

2 journals
5 pens
Copy of Fodor's essential Europe (2014)
Copy of Lonely Planet's Europe on a Shoestring (2011)
3 books
Camera & charger
Phone & charger
2nd pair of shoes
flip flops
Passport, Birth Certificate, License, Credit Cards, Cash
Laptop & cord
European power converters
Chewing gum

I only am packing for a week, as Yannick said I can do laundry at their apartment and we can probably do it at hostels along the way while we're road tripping. IN EUROPE!!

I travel casual--the 1 skirt I packed is black, matches all my blouses, and can be paired with either pair of shoes I've packed, in the event we go somewhere that needs something dressier than jeans.

My bags are packed and near the door, to be loaded into my car tonight. I am heading to ChicagoBoy's tomorrow morning to beat the afternoon Chicago traffic. I'll get to do some reading and relaxing and let out a HUGE sigh of content relief knowing that I am just beginning 2.5 weeks of vacation! 

2 Midwest library job postings

Crown Point Community Library, with its two locations in Lake County, Indiana, serves 42,000 residents and is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees.  Thirty-nine staff with a $1.6 million annual budget provide excellent library service. In 2010, the Library passed a successful $12 million bond issue and the “new” Crown Point Library opened in 2012. This position requires an ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library Science; the ability to obtain and retain an Indiana Librarian Certificate 1; and ten years progressively responsible library experience (or six years library experience including three years of supervisory experience). The community of Crown Point offers excellent public schools, strong neighborhoods, and affordable housing. Please visit Crown Point Community Library Announcement for complete information and the supplemental links to learn more about the Library, Crown Point, and Lake County. The starting salary range is $62,000 to $74,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package, and the closing date for this position is September 21, 2014. 

The Petoskey District Library is located in Petoskey, MI and serves 14,568 residents.  Building on a new strategic plan outlining core values, the Director, with a five-member Board of Trustees, a $1.2 million budget, and a stunning, new Library (2004), will work to implement goals including, but not limited to, building relationships with surrounding townships, expanding library hours, and developing the talents of a dedicated team of library staff. The minimum qualifications for the position include a Master’s Degree in Librarianship from an ALA accredited library school and a minimum of five years of administrative experience (or the equivalent). The complete announcement and supplemental links can be found at Petoskey Announcement. The position offers a hiring salary range of $68,000 -$80,000 and an attractive benefits package. The closing date for applications is September 28, 2014. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

sad state of affairs

It can be AMAZINGLY frustrating to hear how much entertainers and athletes make when libraries all across the United States are in a constant state of struggle and penny pinching!

This November on the ballot across the state of Ohio 30 libraries will put up levies requesting the support of their local patrons. So, I beg, think kindly on us, remember all that we provide and VOTE YES!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Joan Didion's packing list

Meetings, meeting, and more meetings this week. I'll be heading out soon for another meeting, and as I drive I'll be thinking about my packing list for Germany! 2.5 weeks of travel packing! Any time I pack for a real vacation--not a I'm going home to Michigan for the weekend trip--I think of Joan Didion's packing list. Maybe I'll share my packing list before I go, but it WILL NOT be as epic as this. I generally don't travel with a mohair throw, my typewriter, or bourbon...

2 skirts
2 jerseys or leotards
1 pullover sweater
2 pair shoes
nightgown, robe, slippers
bag with: shampoo
toothbrush and paste
Basis soap, razor
face cream
baby oil

mohair throw
2 legal pads and pens
house key

“This is a list which was taped inside my closet door in Hollywood during those years when I was reporting more or less steadily. The list enabled me to pack, without thinking, for any piece I was likely to do. Notice the deliberate anonymity of costume: in a skirt, a leotard, and stockings, I could pass on either side of the culture. Notice the mohair throw for trunk-line flights (i.e. no blankets) and for the motel room in which the air conditioning could not be turned off. Notice the bourbon for the same motel room. Notice the typewriter for the airport, coming home: the idea was to turn in the Hertz car, check in, find an empty bench, and start typing the day’s notes.”

—Joan Didion, The White Album

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

worky schmorky, where's vacation!?

Been so busy lately. Feels like I can't catch up on work because I've had to cover the desk more due to illnesses and vacation days. Back in my office for a full day yesterday and finally caught up on
  • Purchase Orders
  • Budget stuff,
  • Book orders
  • Tidying up my office (TONS of books ready for the FRIENDS used book sale in September!)
  • Financial Subcommittee work for a board I'm on
Now if I could just get super motivated and creative enough to start putting together my Powerpoint for my OLC Conference presentation. I'd like to have a good chunk of it done, but knowing me, I'll get inspired post-vacation when I'm rested and really feel the less-than-a-month-until-my-presentation-panic!

I just need to get to vacation. So hard to be at work!

Monday, August 4, 2014

encouraging STEM loving kids

The big push in libraries and schools these days is S.T.E.M. (or S.T.E.A.M.) based curriculum
Science, Technology, Engineering, (Art if it's STEAM), Math--since we're apparently behind other countries in our math and science proficiencies. We began weekly S.T.E.M. projects last summer reading, keeping them on as periodic after school programs, and again as weekly events during this summer reading. Anything can be fun if you get creative; we've:
  • Built nuclei from candy
  • Built structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows and then tested their withstandability to a simulated earthquake--this simulated by placing structure on a bed of Jello in a pan and me shaking the hell out of it. The kids thought this was AMAZING.
  • Built structures to protect raw eggs, then dropped the eggs from 8 feet in the air to see how strong the structure was in protecting the contents
  • Created robots from household materials like yogurt cups and aluminum foil
  • Etc...
What makes something S.T.E.M.? Activities that introduce concepts of math, science, engineering, and technology to the kids. Anything that forces the kids to problem solve, work together, build, use their hands and brains to intuit. So many of our kids are so buried in their tech devices that I love just standing back and watching how they fumble through the work we give them, watch how they work together. S.T.E.M. activities are as important to these kiddos social development as it is to their mental development.

Anyway, I'll get down from my soapbox to share these two MARVELOUS, STUPENDOUS, FUNNY, GRAND, DELIGHTFUL, AWESOME (see how much I love them!) books that encourage S.T.E.M. and encourage strong, free thinking kiddos. Super pumped to give, Rosie Revere, Engineer, to my niece (since my brother is also an engineer)!