|Library School Blues|
Monday, October 28, 2002
( 8:12 PM ) Sarah Mae
Today I went to my internship early because I was supposed to accompany the children's librarian on her school visits. Unfortunately they got moved to Wednesday which is when I work at school. So instead I did more dusty book report and sat at the reference desk. I'm really tired from being up in San Francisco all weekend, but I didn't wear a flower in my hair. :-) #
Thursday, October 24, 2002
( 12:04 AM ) Sarah Mae
I called in sick at work today and spent most of the day sleeping. The rest of the day I spent working on my book critique.
I called my parents today. They are doing well despite the sniper action. #
Wednesday, October 23, 2002
( 12:58 AM ) Sarah Mae
Today at my internship I did more Dusty Book Report, it is slow going and I have about 100 more pages to go. I guess I did about 10 pages in two hours, not very fast.
There was a magician in today for a children's program and I watched part of his show. He was really good.
I also got to learn Circ desk procedures today, even though I won't be doing that as a librarian. I checked out material, checked in material, paid fines, put a book aside for a hold request, and issued new library cards. Woo Hoo!
I am currently working on a book critique for my Intellectual Freedom seminar which is due on Thursday. #
Monday, October 21, 2002
( 8:21 PM ) Sarah Mae
I am so pissed off! When I got to work tonight, I found that my coworker had done no work and left me with films to reshelve, interlibrary loan requests to fill, and a whole bin of tattletaping to do. I could understand if the room had been busy during her shift but it was obvious that it hadn't been since everything that was checked out was done before she was on duty. AAARRRGGHH!
At my internship today I spent the whole shift doing the Dusty Book Report. It gave me a headache. #
Saturday, October 19, 2002
( 12:40 AM ) Sarah Mae
I'm starting a separate blog to talk about the books I am reading. It can be seen here: Reading Log. #
Thursday, October 17, 2002
( 1:54 PM ) Sarah Mae
I've got a bit of a cold that started yesterday, so I skipped class this morning to sleep in. I also have been taking echinacea, the wonder herb for colds.
I worked some more on the Dusty Book Report yesterday. I am now done with the fiction and am working on the non-fiction, woo hoo! Yes, my life is extremely exciting. #
Wednesday, October 16, 2002
( 12:25 AM ) Sarah Mae
Hey everyone! I've had a busy day at my internship today. I started doing the Dusty Book Report for the Spanish collection. This is when I find the books that have not been checked out for at least a year and a half and decide whether or not to keep them. Also, on Tuesdays the kids get out early from school, at one instead of three, so the reference desk is just a zoo between signing people up for computers and answering reference questions. I also read two books today by Francesca Lia Block, Weetzie Bat and Witch Baby. #
Monday, October 14, 2002
( 8:14 PM ) Sarah Mae
It's been a pretty uneventful weekend for me. I stayed in bed until 12:30 on Saturday, Sunday, and today.
Friday evening and Saturday I spent reading for my Young Adult services class. On Friday night, between watching the WB's scintillating prime time lineup (I really like Reba), I read Smack by Melvin Burgess and started to read Monster by Walter Dean Myers. I enjoyed them but a lot these books we are redaing are pretty depressing. The ones I read for last week were Go Ask Alice by Anon. and A Step From Heaven by An Na. Go Ask Alice was to heavy-handed for me to see as believable but A Step From Heaven was really well written and I could sympathize with the characters.
On Saturday I finished reading Monster and then read Forever by Judy Blume and Holes by Louis Sachar, both of which I had read previously and liked a lot. Neither of them are depressing :-). I also cleaned my desk and bookshelf area which was in desperate need. Especially since I had spilled juice on my desk a few months ago and had never thoroughly cleaned it since. Now my the top and underneath my desk is clear of clutter. After all this hard work I needed a break so I rented two movies, Persuasion (of which I really wanted the Gwyneth Paltrow version) and Two Girls and an Guy. Persuasion was kind of boring but well done. Two Girls and a Guy was just plain bad and not even so bad that it's good. I will admit my weakness for Robert Downey Jr. and he was great in Chaplin and the second to last season of Ally McBeal, but this movie blew (as did Restoration which I rented solely because he was in it). It was rated NC-17 but I couldn't see why. There was one sex scene, a lot of cursing, a discussion of lesbianism and a faked suicide but no nudity. In other words, nothing that hasn't been in an R-rated movie. If anyone has insight into this rating let me know.
On Sunday I had some friends over and then went to eat at Cafe 50's with Meg.
Usually on a Monday I would be going to my internship but since it is Columbus Day, public libraries are closed. Instead I did my laundry and read for class. Now I'm at work, the UCs do not close for Columbus Day.
Thursday, October 10, 2002
( 2:46 PM ) Sarah Mae
Wednesday I got up at 6:30 in the morning because I was taking the bus downtown and didn't want to be late. I ended up being a half-hour early. Anyway, I was going for my internship. The downtown branch is where they hold the order meetings and I was attending the juvenile one. IT was pretty cool. You get to see the books that are on the order list. I was pleasantly surprised to see two students who graduated from UCLA's program last year there working as Children's librarians. It gives me much hope for my future career. Anyway, I left at 12:30 to take the bus back to UCLA, so that I could work from 2-6 in Stacks. On my way home I stopped in briefly at GradBar. I was so exhausted and felt a cold coming on so I decided to go to bed early. I went to bed at 9:30! I paid for it later when I woke up in the middle of the night and just tossed and turned half asleep until my alarm went off. #
( 2:36 PM ) Sarah Mae
I just received my first paper of the quarter back today. It was for my Intellectual Freedom Seminar and I got a B+. This is a good start.
More good news is that I am going to Spain in December. One of my best friends from high school is getting married on the 21st and I will be there to see it, and back home in time for Christmas. It's going to be sooo much fun. I can't wait! #
Tuesday, October 08, 2002
( 7:02 PM ) Sarah Mae
This morning I was transported back to freshman year of college when I turned on the radio in my car and was greeted by More Than A Feeling by Boston. Ah yes, Boston is the greatest band ever. :) #
Sunday, October 06, 2002
( 11:12 PM ) Sarah Mae
Never mind, the time/date on the website is mine. It's just different on the editor. #
( 11:09 PM ) Sarah Mae
I just realized that the time and date stamp on these messages is definitely not my time zone. It is eight hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time which I am currently on. If anyone knows where this server is located, let me know. Maybe it's in Great Britain? #
( 10:51 PM ) Sarah Mae
I was thinking recently, actually on Friday after having a conversation with a friend after my Young Adult Services class, how lucky I was to have parents that took me to the library, and that I lived near a large and well-stocked library branch. This helped me develop my love of books and reading and, no doubt, had some influence on my choice of careers. Props go out to the Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Adelphi Branch.
This reminds me of an observation that Dennis made when we were at Western Maryland College. This was that Marylanders, or maybe it was just residents of PG County, identify themselves by their county instead of their city. In my case it was because my city, Hyattsville, is not very well-known outside of the county, or even within the county for that matter. I can't speak for anyone else and I don't remember if a theory was ever decided upon. Hmmmm, food for thought, or maybe not. :-) #
( 10:27 PM ) Sarah Mae
I had a really great time last night. I ended up going to see Better Than Ezra at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip with my friend Meg. It was a kick-ass show! This is inspite of the fact that the opening band was Cowboy Mouth who I really dislike. Not only are their songs bad but they are obnoxious as hell. My faith in my fellow female fans was also redeemed during the audience participation part of the show. This is where the band requests that a fan come up who can play guitar and specifically can play This Time of Year. Last year, at the September show in DC, a female fan was selected. This fan had no guitar skills whatsoever and just volunteered so she could get up on stage with the band. Granted the band is really cool and extremely good-looking and I would love to be able to jam on stage with them but I wouldn't lie to do it. This year I was relieved when the female fan they chose, not only could play but also rocked hardcore. My friend and I saw her in the parking garage afterwards and told her how good she was. #
Friday, October 04, 2002
( 11:00 PM ) Sarah Mae
I had thought of something interesting to write earlier today but now I can't remember what it was. #
Thursday, October 03, 2002
( 2:23 PM ) Sarah Mae
I must let everyone know about the musical wonder that is Norah Jones. I borrowed her cd from the library and have been listening to it a lot. It really rocks! Ok, maybe 'rocks' is the wrong word 'cause it's kind of mellow but it is a great cd.
I was going to go see Better Than Ezra, my favorite band, this weekend at House of Blues but I haven't bought tickets and am kind of low on funds so I think that I won't. :( I saw them last year at the 9:30 Club with Shawn Sprague and they really rocked.
I finally read The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for my Young Adult Lit class which meets for the first time tomorrow. I kept hearing about it as a classic and because it is frequently challenged. It was pretty good. #
( 1:46 PM ) Sarah Mae
So, this is what it's like to work full time and go to school. TIRING! Over the summer I worked between 30 and 40 hours a week, but then I could go home and crash in front of the TV. Now, I go to my internship or class and work and come home to write papers. It is not much fun. Well, next quarter there will be no internship, so maybe I can sleep in some weekdays.
I've been trying to think of something more exciting to post, but my life is pretty boring at the moment. If anyone has ideas let me know. #