... Wow. What a year. I don't even know where to start, but I know this is a necessary post.
When this year started, I was working in a public library. I was posting somewhat regularly from January to March. I was very involved in YALSA, volunteering as YALSAblog's Member Manager and attending the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference in Atlanta in January. I was recording How I Feel About Books podcasts.
Spring turned to Summer, and my family dynamics changed. The public library system extended their hours; later nights, Saturdays, and the occasional Sunday just didn't work for us. So I left the library and went back to SRVS, an organization I've worked for before, and volunteered with constantly since 2011. It was a great job, flexible hours, and they let me use my library background to help with clients from birth to retirement age. It was a dream job, and I was excited to see how I could grow the position.
But my family dynamics changed yet again, and when a school library job opened up, I interviewed for it. I had put my application in to the school system's hiring pool before I left the public library, but there were no openings that seemed like a good fit. When I got an alert about this school, I was interested, and the principal and I really hit it off. Starting in the middle of the semester wasn't ideal, but at the beginning of October I became an elementary school librarian, and here I am!
I think that pretty much explains my silence on the blog... So many changes in one short year! I'd like to say I'm settled and back in the swing of things, but that's not true. I still feel so new in my job, and there is so much for me to learn every day - every class period! But I am living in the library environment again, and I have a lot from that experience that I want to share here.
I'm still reading, of course. Constantly. Always. After a hard week (isn't every week a hard week?), I like to take Saturday "off" and read a book. Start to finish. I call them my Selfish Saturdays. Which is to say, I hope to get back to sharing book reviews here. They might be sporadic, and they might be different than what I've posted before.
I've been thinking a lot about this space, even as it gathered dust for most of 2017. I thought about book reviews, about what I have to say that is different than anyone else. About the potential of this space. It will still be about books. My reviews might not be as structured as before. And there might be posts about other aspects of my reading life. Of my work life, since it relates to books as well. I think this will make it easier to share things, to know there is no rigid structure to the posts or to what "should" be posted here.
So this is just a check-in. A quick hello, yes, I'm still here and I still want to be here and I hope you do too!