Blogger Amy Steinbauer

Balancing Low Staff and High Program Needs

Ever since I transitioned from children’s librarian to a branch manager– I have been way more obsessed with the staffing needs that is required to run a children’s department, well. Depending on your branch, location, system, or building– children’s departments probably average anywhere from 3-15 programs a week. And while it might look to some managers or admin or even patrons, that those programs just appear magically– I know all the hard work that it takes to prepare, craft, present, and manage those programs– and all the staff needed to make those dreams possible.

ALA Midwinter 2020

Exploring Philly at #alamw20

If you can manage to leave the convention center– (which with this nice weather, you should!) there is so much to eat in Philly! In the last 24 hours– I have trekked to Big Gay Ice Cream for a Salty Pimp– vanilla soft-serve cone with salt and dulce de leche sauce dipped in chocolate! If you love ice cream and the Golden Girls– check this place out! On the way to get some ice cream– you may pass a big wheel of fortune! It’s an Atlas of Tomorrow— think of an open-ended situation/problem in your life– spin the wheel and see what fortune there is to discover. When I spun the wheel, I tried to think about my career path– and I got the result of “The Streetlight” about being a beacon to others– which is how I like to think of my library work. Give it a whirl, and…

ALA Midwinter 2020

Community at #alamw20

What a day! It may have rained all day– I didn’t step outside until 5 pm- and that was just for a donut run! (Keep track readers- I grabbed three today), but things were full steam ahead at the conference! I spent the day running through the convention center and getting my usual amount of lost, while still attending some cool presentations about stress management, ALSC leadership, and of course grabbing a million books. What stuck out to me today was all the community of ALA! Everywhere you looked were people hugging and screaming and being so happy to see each other again. I loved seeing that! Through my conference years, I have met lots of conference friends– and when you don’t bring coworkers or grad school friends with you– it’s nice to know that there is community everywhere. It makes the conference seem a bit less lonely and overwhelming!…

ALA Midwinter 2020

Easing into #alamw20

Hello all! It’s winter and the only good thing about that is that it is time for midwinter! I’m not a snow/cold person, so the 50 degrees Philly weather feels amazing to me. It was perfect weather to jot over to the convention center for my badge, swing by the Reading Terminal for a pretzel-wrapped hot dog and a salted caramel donut, and then back to my hotel for a nap! After years of conferencing, I have discovered that an easy trick to surviving a conference is to sneak in naps whenever possible. But, as the sun was starting to set, and a thrill hit the air for that magical time before the exhibits open. After a quick run through the exhibits and running into friends from all over, it was time to meet up with ALSC membership committee for an organized dinner. This is my second time participating, and…

Blogger Amy Steinbauer

Refresh in 2020!

January is an engaging time! It’s a new year, a new month, and a new decade! Sometimes it stresses me out to think of all the ways that I can get newly energized with this spirit. I like to think of it as my Leslie Knope spirit- as I am always trying to better myself as a children’s librarian, manager, friend, and human being. Let’s grab our glasses- Laurie Berkner style, and have a look at some ways to refresh.

Blogger Amy Steinbauer

Giving Thanks to Your Community

  As a season of thanks and love and family approaches, our roles at the library and in service to children seem more important than ever. It’s a fairly common understatement to say that family is complicated. As adults, we have had our childhood traumas, wrong doings, and injustices along with love, support, and care that have shaped our selves, hopefully we have found good ways to move past or adjust to the bad in life.