I got a job in a library. Woo!

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You know what, I’m so happy that I’m gonna pack on some more oo to that woo:

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

A couple weeks ago I started working as a library page, and I ~love~ it.

A page is someone who does the sorting and shelving of returned books. This job was seriously made for me. I have the kind of brain that gets SO AMPED by sorting things, it’s ridiculous. The process of alphabetizing a cart of books makes me feel both a reflective calm and a fizzy stimulation at the same time. I don’t know how that’s possible but it’s the combo punch of awesome.

Something just flicks on inside my brain when I sort things. My brain’s like, “OH WE’RE SORTING NOW? AAAAHHH YEAH, L BEFORE M, PUT IT THERE PUT IT AAHH YES”

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Other things I love about the job:

The most obvious one… I am surrounded by books! Simply being in an environment where these beauteous page-filled wonders are on all sides of me is such a happy feeling.

My coworkers and boss are are all super nice. I’m not surprised. Bookish people tend to be nice people.

I get to work independently. I say my hellos and how are yous as I pass people but mostly I work by myself, letting my mind wander through the quiet. My introversion loves that.

When I put returned books back on the shelves, I sometimes discover ones that make me go, “Hmmm, this one looks good…” I have a feeling my to-read list is going to get even longer.

Shelving returned books can also give me an intimate look into strangers’ lives. Like recently, I shelved a bunch of books on how to get a divorce. That was sad. But then I also shelved a bunch of books on how to take care of a dog! That was happy! The dichotomy of that was so poignant to me – someone out there is about to go through something awful, while someone else is about to go through something awesome. And then I thought… What if they were the same person?

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Granted, there are things about the job I don’t love. It can get tiring – all that standing, bending, lifting, pushing. (Sounds like an exercise video. “Now bend! Now lift! Now push it, ladies, push it!”) I don’t love handling kids books that have been slimed all over with kid germs, haha. And nonfiction can be hard to shelve because of those long strings of dewey decimal numbers.

But even with those small downsides, I still love the job! It is so right for me in so many ways. I was born to work here. 🙂

books65Tell me, what are your favorite things about libraries?

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43 thoughts on “I got a job in a library. Woo!

  1. Congrats! Must be a wonderful feeling to get up and go to work safe in the knowledge you love your job. It’s not a feeling I’ve had for a while so I’ll just live vicariously through you for a bit thanksalot…! I haven’t been to a library in such a long time but my favourite thing about a library these days is the fact the my little boy goes there with his school on a Friday morning so we get new things to read at bedtime each week 🙂

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    • Aww, I’m glad your son’s school does that. 🙂 Story time with my mom was one of my favorite times as a kid. I like peeking at the picture books as I shelve them – not planning on any children on the near horizon, but it’s fun to imagine which books I’d pick for them if I had any.

      I’m sorry you’re not loving your job. 😦 What’s your line of work? I’ve had crappy jobs in the past so I know the feeling.

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      • Yeah it’s very sweet – and great that he loves books at such an early age (we’ve started making up stories together now – five year olds have crazy brains). If you ever have kids stay away from Roald Dahl at bedtime unless you are really REALLY good at making harrowing situations sound light hearted and funny 🙂

        I’ve been in business intelligence and data warehousing for years – many roles but latterly project management and solution architecture. Just fallen out of love with it all – especially the corporate nonsense and politics – but not sure what else to do to pay the bills. Still…all the more reason and incentive to write I guess 🙂

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      • Awwww, making up stories with kids sounds so fun! One of my writer friends brought his son (7 or 8?) to critique group awhile back and his son was telling me a story he made up. It was the craziest, most nonsensical, but most AWESOME story ever. 😀 Zombies and a dragon were involved. His enthusiasm was the best part. He started out all quiet and shy, but as I asked him questions he got more and more amped up and was all “AND THEN THE DRAGON…! AND THEN THE ZOMBIES…! AND THEN AND THEN…!!” I loved it.

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      • Brilliant! It’s so much fun. We have a special African engine who helps out Thomas the Tank Engine on busy days and a family of bees that have amazing adventures (Boris, Bella and their three kids Horace, Beatrix and Boris Junior aka Boju). I’ve started writing a few down – the one where the bees and the spiders save Father Christmas is a classic!

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  2. I am jealous of you in the best possible way! Congratulations! Also, make your own library themed exercise video, I would buy it.

    My favorite thing about libraries? Wandering around the non fiction section waiting to get inspired.

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  3. I also work in a library, so know what you are talking about. However, if your library doesn’t do so already, you should be washing your book covers before reshelving them. (Then you won’t have to worry about slimy kid books! 😉 )
    I love knowing the sorts of things patrons are reading about. I am actually doing a library read through at the moment (and blogging about it) that sounds a lot like your reading challenge!

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    • I took a peek at your post about reading through the entire nonfiction section. Give me a second to pick my jaw up off the floor!

      Wow. That is quite the challenge. You must read very fast! Will you be finishing each one or will you put some down if you’re not liking them?

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      • I do read several from each section all the way through. Some, however, are skim read and others are put back because they just didn’t “grab” me. I do, however, make an honest effort to read several representatives from each section. Yes, I am currently reading through the adult nonfiction, but I intend to go through the ENTIRE library and take advantage of as many things as possible (there are many library resources that aren’t JUST books). I do read fairly fast, but I’m not a speed reader.

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  4. Sounds like you’ve found a job that’s a great fit for you. I always loved shelving books when I was in college and worked at the library. That job was enough to get me a job later in life at a university library’s circulation desk. It was one of my favorite jobs. Best of all, I could order books through the library for a huge discount! Of course, I cancelled out the discount by having to buy more book shelves for all my new acquisitions.

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    • Haha, sounds like me – I’m officially in need of another bookcase. I mean, I’ve been needing one for a while now but I’ve been shifting things around to make room. But now it’s OFFICIAL-official. 😛

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