It is week two of summer reading and my desk is overflowing with items I cannot even identify, I’ve been having dreams about robots and every night I struggle to remember what happened that day. Let’s not get started with the status of my laundry, what I’ve been eating, and personal e-mails to answer.
In the middle of the very frazzled appearance is a bright big smile on my face (that might look semi-creepy) as I repeat the mantra my coworker said to me on Day 1.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
And with that, I present the readers with the my tips of how to survive the grind of summer reading.
- It doesn’t have to be perfect. With all the planning in the world, something is still going to go wrong. And that’s OK. During my first year of summer reading my coworker said to me “You’re never truly ready for it. But you wake up every day and you do the best you can and in the end, it is an awesome result.”
- Remember to eat. It’s easy for me to look at the clock and see that it’s already five o’clock and I only consumed one cupcake all day. Bring a bottle of water with you always and pack snacks that you can eat throughout the day. Try your best to take break and lunch. It’s important to keep yourself healthy. Also caffeine, lots of it.
- Ask for help. Coworkers and supervisors are here for you. There’s also a plethora of kids out of school in the summer who are happy to help. Don’t hesitate to lean on friends and family either. They have a unique skill set and want you to be less stressed. My fiance loves helping me test out robots- he doesn’t get to do that in his engineering job.
- It’s OK to say no. You cannot do everything. I tell myself this every day and it’s a hard one to remember. It’s impossible to live up to your full potential if you have too much on your plate. Don’t be afraid to take a break from something during a busy time, or explain that someone else may be a better fit for a task. People will understand, they have been there too.
- Have fun with it. The kids can pick up on your mood. If you’re having fun, the kids will have fun too. What truly matters is that they have a positive experience at the library. That’s what they will remember.
Do you have any other tips for summer reading survival? Let me know in the comments. And remember: Own summer reading, own librarianship.