Blogger Meg Smith

Beat Those Winter Blues

I was born and raised in the Midwest. I was used to months with snow piled ten feet high in parking lots, freezing temperatures, and day after day of dreary skies.  When I moved to southern North Carolina, I was sure those weeks of winter blues, that drab period after Christmas with no sign of spring in sight, was surely a thing of the past. Eight years later, I now find myself freezing if it gets below 40 degrees and running to the window to catch a glimpse if there’s even the slightest chance of snow.  Regardless of your location, it’s easy to feel a little drab and dreary this time of year. As children’s librarians, how can we turn those blues into a more enjoyable season for both our patrons and ourselves? Change It Up This time of year may be the chance to try moving around your story…

Blogger Meg Smith

Lessons I’ve Learned Since Library School

We have our future planned out, but as they say, life has a way of happening to us while we were making other plans.  Just when we think we have it all figured out, our experiences have a way of surprising us. In library school we all visualized what the future would hold, but reality may have taught us some new lessons.  What do you wish you learned when you started library school that you know now as a professional librarian?  For me, life as a children’s librarian (and now as a branch manager) has provided me with at least three major life lessons, and I’m sure the future will only bring more. Change Your Perspective     When I began my first position as Youth Services Manager, I viewed children’s services as a department within the greater library system.  In my mind, it was a critical part within library services, but it…