Today is the one interview for the children’s librarian position I have been dreading and
I can only hope to zone out and let Betty do all the questioning before I can really check out during story time. Which is what I did.
So as you may or may not know, today’s person of interest is Ava Devillis. She has caused a fewproblems at story time in the past and made herself out to be somewhat a problem patron. Why, you ask, do we allow her to interview for a job? Well... the applicant pool was sparse and despite having no MLIS she does have extensive experience with building management and children. Yeah, I know, the MLIS thing made me say “whoa” to the whole thing, too, but times are tough. We could potentially pay a “Children’s Program Director” much much less than a full on librarian if she had a popsicle’s chance on a Mississippi sidewalk of me agreeing to hire her.
So she came in, on time and rather fetchingly dressed. For all her mental concerns, I can say that Ms. Devillis does cut a striking figure as well as exude a confident, motherly attitude for one so young. Then she opened her mouth.
“I’m here to start the position. Where should I begin setting up,” she said.
“Well, Ms. Devillis,” I said, “This is just the interview for the job. We will not know who gets the position until the board decides at the end of the month.”
“But I’m supposed to do story time,” she said.
“Yes,” Betty said, “As I explained on the phone, part of your interview will be to see how you would handle a story time.”
“So everybody had to do this? Work for the library off the clock?”
“No, Ms. Devillis, another candidate had to as well. Both of you are very familiar with staff and other patrons, so we thought it best to see how you handled programing rather than how you got along with staff. Which is also very important. Getting along,” I said.
“Who was it?”
“I’m sorry, we cannot devulge that information,” I said, “Well, it looks like story time is almost here. We will let you prepare.”
Betty and I exchanged looks as Ava Devillis walked over to the children’s books and started thumbing through them. She found one she liked and sat down in one of the chairs. Ten minutes later Curious George found his way back to the Man in the Yellow Hat and all was well.
“How was that?” Ava said.
“We will contact you at the end of the month,” Betty said.
I was already walking to my office. As far as I was concerned, unless Nancy Pearl herself walked in here tomorrow, Natalie Ford was getting this job.
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