Saturday, May 16, 2015
This is the culmination of 2 1/2 years of reading journals, writing papers, presenting on topics that range from creating websites to planning spaces for young adults in public libraries to writing grants. I took trips to observe other libraries, story times, and their space design. I've interviewed Library Directors, community members and others in the library field. And that's only what I can remember right now.... for school.
During this time, I also started working in my public library. Just after I started going to school, I became a part time library assistant in the Children's Room. About a year later, I became the full time teen librarian. Just a few months ago, I was promoted again to the Head of Readers' Services. The time I spent working while in school was tough to balance, but ultimately helped me apply what I was learning directly. I love love love my job, where I work, and the people I work with. They have been so supportive of my educational endeavors - allowing me to switch my schedule around for classes (even calling in a sub to cover my Saturday shifts that semester I had classes every Saturday), or not questioning when I'd show up in the library on my days off to write papers in the Quiet Study room.
Also during this time, my family has also had a lot to deal with. My kids would start to recognize when I had big papers due because my stress levels would increase. They understood that we couldn't go off and do some things because I had to do homework first. They hated when I had class at night and couldn't tuck them into bed (though they do love their babysitter). My husband also understood these things, as he is also in school - now working toward his own Masters Degree. He also works a very strange schedule which made all of this more interesting. Through it all, my husband and the kids gave me their love and support every day. I absolutely could not have done this without them. Hearing my almost six-year-old say "I'm proud of you Mom" was everything to me yesterday.
So this journey is over - and I can't wait to see what comes next!!