Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Year in Review

On January 1, 2018 I wrote about my three library resolutions and goals for the coming year. A quick recap, the goals were: 

 

  1. Clean out my supply closet.  I inherited a wonderful supply closet, but because we have such a supportive community, it is extremely well stocked.  My goal is to better understand what we have, how we can use it, and streamline!
  2. Familiarize myself with our Teen Manga collection.  Manga is huge with our Teens, but unfortunately, I’m not nearly as up-to-date on what’s popular as I can be.  Luckily, I met some wonderful people at YALSA who, with the help of their teens and tweens, keep active Manga blogs.  I’m eager to carve some time out when I’m off desk to read through their blogs and start reading more books.
  3. Create a more welcoming space…for everyone! After school, our library is packed.  Parents, students, girl scouts- everyone wants to use our space, which is great.  What I’ve noticed though, is we don’t have a place for people to curl up and read.  There aren’t quiet areas for students to work together, or for a parent to sit with their child and explore a book.  We also don’t have places for people to charge devices. My hope is that with some creative planning and some new items (like a charging station, maybe?), we can make the Kids and Teen space more welcoming.

So, how did all those go?

  1. The closet is…cleaner.  I can walk through it and I do have a better sense of what is there.  Some of the items have been there long before me, and I don’t feel right getting rid of them.  I know where my things are and the things that I want to use are, which means  I definitely have spent less on programming supplies in 2018, so that’s a plus.
  2. I have not gotten to spend nearly as much time on Teen Manga as I would have liked, and over the past year many of my Manga Teens come in less, because their schools are in different neighborhoods.  But, I have received funding to start an after school teen bookclub that compares one Manga with a Graphic Novel of a similar theme (i.e. Bingo Love  and That Blue Sky Feeling)
  3. Success!!!!!!  One of my favorite patrons is a retired school teacher.  When she asked me what my own wishlist item was for the space was, I told her a bean bag chair.  Not only did she purchase the first bean bag chair, but she convinced others to purchase some too.  Let me tell you, those bean bags brought about a change!  Kids sit together and read comfortably all the time now.  While developing a more welcoming space for Teens is still a work in progress, it’s also difficult as they are often given a multipurpose space.  Because the space has so much turnover, it makes it difficult to make it permanent, but I am working on picking one day a week for it to be the Teen Lounge.

My goals for 2019?

  1. Explore and develop a partnership with the Community Center which is a few blocks away.
  2. Continue to bring in fun, interactive programming that has a literary twist (the kids loved, loved, loved having Raul the Third come in October)
  3. Keep having fun

Of all of them, I’m most excited for the third.  Some days I feel like it’s all too easy to fall into a rut of feeling a little overwhelmed and crazed. I love my job, because i get to help instill a love in reading in kids and teens.  I truly believe there is a book for everyone out there, and helping people find that book makes me so very happy.

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