remedy for work stress

Oh, holy hell. The Children's Librarian starts in 11 more days, thank God. Except that means training.

The schedule is approved by all. Now I am figuring out coverage for vacay requests through August.

Computer buying process is still back and forth like Pong. The company sends me quotes, I go over those with our IT guy, he tells me what we should ask for/change, and I send it back. As if this process hasn't been hard enough, one of our cataloging computers died last week, another cataloging/CIRC (of two!!) computers is on the fritz (choosing when the scanner or keyboard or both will stop working at random), and I just learned that our barcode scanners and receipt printers are so hold they will need replacing. Every time I think about the cost I hear money bleeding out of this place. Urgh.

On the upside: Summer Reading donation requests went out a few weeks ago and we've been getting a good response so far, over $1,000 in our first two weeks! I received word last week that we're the recipients of a grant that will pay for one of our Summer Reading entertainers (if you have any exploitable talents, think of doing Library programs, these folks make a killing!!) 17 organizations applied and they chose the top few requests! I was so excited to hear about that! I've been combing the local area, trying to get creative with ways to bring in more donations/more grants, etc. I can apply to next year.

Spring break for the local schools meant we were busier lately; normal storytimes at the Library and some adult programs have kept us running. I am tired. Can't wait until May when I take a long weekend and go on a roadtrip with A3. More on that another day.

In the midst of all this busy and stress, I am laughing when I can. This was in the drop box this morning and absolutely made my day. I keep telling people, you can find EVERYTHING at the Library these days. This ain't yo grandma's library!


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