January 21, 2011

Work news!

I got some good news this week that I had to share! As you may already know, I've been part-time working at a public library for the past year, assisting the teen librarian while also working at the reference desk and helping with certain adult programs. This year my library decided to make an official Teen Services department and promote the teen librarian to department head status.  At the same time, I've been offered a full-time position as a teen librarian starting in April. Yay! I'm really looking forward to going full-time, and I feel really relieved that I don't have to search for jobs while I finish up my last semester of grad school. Even though I have a long commute to work, this is totally my dream job!


In other news, I successfully hosted a teen program all by myself last week! The teen department head was sick, so I flew solo. It was a snowy day, so I wasn't sure if anyone would show up, but most who signed up did and I was able to pull in some of the after school crowd, too. There were 12 teens total who came and made bottle cap magnets, which is an easy and fun craft.


Prior to the program, a volunteer had already cut out several small circles of paper which fit inside the bottle caps. The participants then decorated these circles with markers and rhinestones and glued them into the bottle caps. Some also went through magazines and cut out small pictures (using the circles of paper as a template). Then they added magnets on the back of the bottle cap to finish the craft. So easy! There were actually some young children around 6 years old who wanted to participate, so I set them up at a separate table with their parents and showed them how to make the craft too. They loved it! Within the hour, participants had time to make several magnets for themselves, friends, and family members. Click here if you want to see a tutorial for making bottle cap magnets. Although we did a more simplified version of the craft, this tutorial gives you an idea of what they could look like.

13 comments:

Christina T said...

Congratulations! That is fantastic!

I'm glad your program was a success too. It can be stressful to do a program on your own, especially if you weren't planning on it. I just held my first solo YA program last month. I only had 5 teens show up but they all enjoyed making homemade Christmas gifts. We did marble magnets which were a big hit (I ran out of magnets in the end!). I will have to try the bottle cap magnets with them for next Christmas.

Congratulations once again on your new full time job!

Tara (The Bodacious Pen) said...

Congratulations on your new job! That's wonderful news.

Angel said...

Yay! Congrats!

Jennie said...

Congrats!! That's awesome!!

Buffy said...

Oh hooray! Good for you!. You deserve it!

fourth musketeer said...

Congratulations! You are so lucky--public library jobs are so hard to come by these days. And it sounds like they didn't open up the job search to the whole world--they just said, we have good people already, let's make use of them! I finish up at the end of 2011 and I hope I'll be lucky enough to find a job--right now I'm volunteering.

Suzanne said...

Congrats! So happy for you! And it's nice to see your library doing so well!

Super said...

Christina T - It's hard to get teens to come to programs in December with finals and the holidays, so 5 sounds like a good number for that month!

Fourth Musketeer - I actually did interview, but it was for a different professional position that starts in February. I went ahead and applied because I didn't know if there would be room in the budget for a new teen librarian. They hired a brand new person for the adult department starting in February and let me know I could start full time in the teen department in April. So it worked out well in the end! :)

loreleimarsh said...

As a part-time library assistant, I know how momentous this is. Congratulations! I know you'll be amazing!

Katie said...

Yay! Congratulations. Your library is lucky to have you :)

amandawk said...

Congrats! I am in my second semester of library school, and getting a job is exactly why I am volunteering at a library. Good luck!

barmybex said...

Congratulations!

Love the bottle cap craft, may have to try sometime, thanks :D

Emily said...

Congrats! I'm so excited for you! Welcome to the land of Teen Librarianship :).

And yay for your first solo program! I was so nervous when I did my first one - now it's second nature.

Congrats and good luck in your future programs!

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