Another Memorial Day has come and gone. I hope everyone remembered the fallen soldiers out there and all my librarian friends out there enjoyed a long weekend. And boy, was it a long weekend.
Saturday started with a little light gardening (my habanero peppers above are growing like monsters, should be a great crop this year) then back to the library for the monthly board meeting. I know it takes a lot of scheduling to get some of the town’s most important people together and the last Saturday of every month is easy to remember, but it plays hell with a nice Saturday where I would rather be lying by the pool. On top of all that, seems they came with some business.
Board meetings usually run like this: we open with minutes from the last meeting, approve the budget, go over old business (like that damn
), new business, then comments from the public if there are any. A basic meeting that includes munching on food from whatever restaurant we got to donate. The only real wild cards can be new business, where wild ass proposals can be brought up by whomever and public comments, most of which are interesting opportunities for the board to see what we deal with on a day to day basis. At times certain members can see these new items as exceptions rather than rules, so some trepidation is to be merited. Of course, if they wanted more power over the day to day operations they could vote to meet closer than a month apart, but I do not see that happening.
Saturday the wrench that broke the camel’s back was the open children’s librarian position. Yes, I admit, the position has been open for a while. Ever since the last CL disappeared, in fact. We did post for applications and received a few, but none were interested in doing as much as we needed. Betty has been filling in with storytime with... mixed results. Actually, today’s went very smooth. I had prepared to do it myself when I walked out to find her calmly reading Walter the Farting Dog:Banned From the Beach to a packed rug. Afterwards I thanked her and she gave me a candy bar and apologized for being difficult. It was quite touching.
The moment was touching, not the book.
The board does have a point, though. Summer reading program is starting and there needs to be someone to coordinate the annual two week event in July. With the computer problems, grant issues, and book club I simply do not have the time. Betty and Dave have managed their departments well, but besides storytime I can not expect to put any more on them. And Dave really should not be around children. He tends to teach them about fire.
I told the Board we would be right on it. High priority. They asked me when we would be interviewing and I told them definitely this month. Now I just need to find some people to do it.
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