Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Reader’s Advisory Fun

  About a two months ago now, I left my job at the Boston Public Library and moved to Pennsylvania.  One of my favorite things to do while working at the BPL- and one of my favorite things about being a librarian, actually- was reader’s advisory.   When it comes to Reader’s Advisory (RA), I’m like a Dr. Seuss book.  I would do RA with a mouse, in a house, with a goat or on a boat.  I am grateful that it is one of those things that has always come naturally to me.  It’s also why I always loved purchasing books for my branches, because it allowed me to keep an eye out for books that could appeal to my most voracious, yet picky readers.

Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Stories with Sammy

This past November, I turned 30, and a month and a half ago, my little brother turned 3.  I’ll let you do the math. One of the first things that my Dad explained to my stepmom was that she would never need to buy a single book, as I, the overprotective and book-neurotic librarian sister would have it under control. Which, I think I do. Unfortunately, we are separated by distance, and while I would love nothing more than to read him a book everyday in person, it’s just not possible.  Luckily, we have technology.  

Administrative and Management Skills

One Last Thing Before I Go

May 3rd will be my last day at the Boston Public Library before moving to Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  I’m sad to leave Boston and my patrons, but am excited for my family’s new adventure! As I’ve been finishing my time at my branch, I’ve tried to take steps that will help my Branch Librarian and whomever my replacement is.  Since at some point, we all leave our jobs, I thought I would share some things I’ve done, that may help you get the ball rolling.  I should also share that this shouldn’t necessarily be done in a vacuum.  If you are comfortable communicating with them, ask your Branch Librarian what would be helpful to them.  I also included the Head of Youth Services in this conversation. Compile a list of performers, community partners, outreach sites, and schools you have worked with.  Share their contact information, the cost of the program…

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:    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! 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. Create a more welcoming space…for everyone! After school, our library is packed.  Parents, students, girl scouts- everyone wants…

Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Children’s Librarians Are Experts at Building Collections That Reflect Their Communities

One of the things I love most about my job is collection development.  I love keeping an eye out for titles that may appeal to one or two reluctant readers I know, and buying books that I think may become new favorites. What I really love though, is buying books that beautifully reflect my local and global communities in an accurate way.