Blogger Eva Mitnick

A Profusion of Resolutions

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who make New Year’s Resolutions every year and those who roll their eyes at the very idea.

Being very much in the first camp, I’ve become something of an expert at making (and breaking) New Year’s Resolutions.  There are three basic guidelines for making a New Year’s Resolution that you actually have some chance of keeping:

  1. Be specific
  2. Announce it to the world
  3. If at all possible, don’t do it alone – invite participation

For example, saying “I resolve to read more in 2012” is laudable but way too general.  Here’s how a hard-core Resolver might do it:

  1. “I resolve to read as much well-reviewed children’s nonfiction published this year as I can!”
  2. Announce it to all your colleagues in person and on Twitter, Facebook, your blog – get the word out.
  3. Start a blog on which you review one new nonfiction children’s every week all year long OR start a nonfiction book club OR… well, you get the idea!  Make sure there’s plenty of pressure to keep that resolution.

I asked some of our local children’s librarians what their New Year’s Resolutions are.  Here are some typical responses:

“I would like to do more programs for school age children…maybe a monthly craft program, or a book club.”

“Read more biographies during my Story Time program for older kids.”

“Learn the title order of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ – if I can do the Baum Oz books, you’d think I can do Snicket!”

“I plan to try and read all of the Newbery awards. I’ll start from the most recent and work backwards.”

“I intend to stay on top of my program planning, so I’m not madly throwing together a puppet show/craft/storytelling extravaganza the day before (or the day of)!”

“My resolution is to try to keep up with the mock Newberys and read the top contenders.”

“This year all of the 3rd graders are going to get a library card.”

“Become more familiar with what other children’s librarians are doing, try new things in my children’s programs (like incorporating music) and making the children’s area more appealing.”

“My New Year’s resolution will be to finally read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!  Ack! I’m a bad children’s Librarian.”

“Is getting organized too much to ask for?”

As for me, I can’t seem to settle on a nice, specific, achievable resolution – which doesn’t bode well for my general resolution to “be more focused.”  Sigh.  Well, there’s still a week left to think about it.

What are YOUR children’s librarianship-related New Year’s Resolutions?


  1. Tami Finley

    I want to become more proficient at using technology for programming – book trailers, graphic programs, gaming, etc. I’m an old dog, but I CAN learn new tricks!

  2. emitnick Post author

    That’s a great resolution! Learning new stuff is one of the best kinds of resolutions because it’s actually FUN.

  3. Jen Mech

    Though I could go with any number of the resolutions posted above, especially the one about not procrastinating, I have decided to go in a different direction. After seeing a picture from the 1930s of the Cambridge library recently, I am resolving to bring our children’s space up to date. We have quilts hanging on the walls made by children who now have their own grown children. Our Friends group purchased a touch screen Early Literacy machine this December, so we’re already off to a good start. I can’t wait to see some change.

  4. Eva Mitnick

    Another fun resolution (so much better than “I will keep my work space clean and tidy” which is all I’ve been able to come up with so far this year). So are the quilts all going??

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