Sunday, March 25, 2007

Stomp the Yard

I just got back from the Dollar Theater with my roomies, we watched Stomp the Yard. It was way good and had some incredible stomp dancing. It was totally a dance movie for guys - let me explain. Newcomer comes to school/town, tries hard to learn how to dance and to become friends, etc. Conflict of some sort, then big finale with great dancing and they win the prize or reward, etc. Yep, that was it in a nutshell. What was nice was that I don't remember hearing any swearing and there were no love "scenes".

So, I didn't get that job at Sandy Library. It's all good - my application is still in the system and I was told that I ranked pretty well. I'm sure another offer will come soon. There may be some openings as Assistants, full-time, in the city library so I'm keeping my ears open.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"A usual day at the library..."

Not much to report on my end. I had school this last weekend and learned about library collection development - in other words: collecting materials(books, CD's, DVD's, magazines, etc.) for your library. It's not so easy as it would sound - just because you have to write out a policy giving you some sort of standards or you might have to collect porn or something else horrible. Anyway, that's the short of it. My teacher, who is from Cedar City, told us a funny story about a librarian who was asked a question: "Where can I get a book about Jesus?". Well, without questioning him further, she took him to the religion section and pointed a some good books to look at and then returned to her desk. Well, the patron came back and said, "Well, I appreciate what you showed me about Jesus, but I wanted books on cheese!". (hehe) It just shows that librarians need to question further before finding books for them!

Oh, I have to tell you something that happened last night at the downtown library. The security guards office is next to our check-in stations. So, I'm checking in some books when I hear, then see, the two cops escorting a guy who is talking loudly and screaming profanities. Who knows what was happening to get him all upset. Right before they took him inside the office he started saying, "Hiel Hitler!". We were all trying not to stare, but were shocked just the same. We could hear him continue to yell and scream for some time and finally he calmed down and was allowed to leave the library. The cops came by afterwards and told us that he was "totally wasted" and he hated Germans, how is that relevant?, and that he wanted to go to jail. He was most likely homeless. The cop said they didn't have enough to arrest the guy, and he wouldn't go to jail just because he wanted to. Well, we thought we were done, but then we hear screaming out front. He had come back! He was returning some books at the circulation desk and started getting upset again. They took his library card away, revoked his Internet privileges and put a note on his account for further reference. Well, my goodness! My boss was joking, "A usual day at the library..."

So, I just finished my training to become a substitute circulation worker for the county libraries, and so now I can sub at all the libraries around the valley. I already have two assignments this week, one in Draper and one in South Jordan. This will be good because it can bring in some more money, which I desperately need, and also get my face out there just in case they want to hire me full time or something. I did have an interview at the Sandy library last week and I'm still waiting on their results. Did I already tell you this? Well, the problem that I realized after was that it has the same hours that I usually work at the city library. I called Dad right afterward and got his advice, or just talked it out with his help. I would most likely quit the city job. The pros of the Sandy job were: 1)It would give me a few more hours, 2) I wouldn't have to work on Sundays, 3) It would give me insurance benefits. The only con is that it's all the way out in Sandy, but that's ok. So, now I'm waiting to hear back and am wondering what will happen in the next few weeks.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Job interview

Well, I'm been crazy crazy with work and stuff. I've started my second job so, sometimes will work two 4 hour shifts a day. That's ok, I need the money, but I wish I didn't get so tired! Hopefully I'll get used to it! So, I just had an interview for a job at the Sandy Library, part-time, and I'm excited for the prospects. I would get medical benefits and also wouldn't have to work on Sunday, and I would have a set schedule. But, if I do get hired then I will probably will have to quit my job at the City library and that makes me kind of sad - I'm starting to enjoy it there. But, they want me to work at the same time and I also need to do an internship this summer at the Children's library and at a school library. So, it's in the Lord's hands what will happen now and I hope that it all work out! Of course it will!

Monday, March 12, 2007

1987 - Betty Glover Library Workout Tape Ad

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Volunteer Cat Ladies

So, we have some older ladies who volunteer at the city library almost daily and they are funny ladies. When I say funny, I mean interesting. I have found that I can't stop to talk to them unless I have five minutes to stand and listen. Not that that is a problem, but who wants to hear irrelevant stories? What is even more funny is that one, who is actually self-named Elizabeth, has disclosed that she has multiple cats. Yep, you guessed it, she's a cat lady and it's real sad. I can tell she's lonely because when she comes up to my desk in her motorized jazzie seat she'll start talking about the book she just recently read or what her cats were doing, etc. etc. What am I to do? I politely listen, what more can be done? (hehe)

Yesterday I spent the day with Mom and Anna came by with the boys. We had a chick-flick movie marathon - well actually we first watched Nanny McPhee and enjoyed that. What was fun was that the nanny is really ugly at the beginning of the movie, when the kids are very "naughty" and as the kids start learning how to behave and she loses her warts and "snaggletooth" and at the end she is her beautiful original self. It was a heart-warming story. Awww.... (hehe)

Here's more Deep Thoughts from Jack Handey:

At first I thought, if I were Superman, a perfect secret identity would be "Clark Kent, Dentist," because you could save money on tooth X-rays. But then I thought, if a patient said, "How's my back tooth?" and you just looked at it with your X-ray vision and said, "Oh it's okay," then the patient would probably say, "Aren't you going to take an X-ray, stupid?" and you'd say, "Aw you, get outta here," and then he probably wouldn't even pay his bill.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Renewal Phone

I got trained yesterday at the library on "Circ 1" and now I can answer phone calls and renew patron's books and stuff. That's a lot, because we get many calls for renewals and all I was able to do before was just answer the phone and put them on hold. So far it's been going well, with only a few confusing ones with people with thick accents. What was frustrating was that one of my younger coworkers, after I asked him a question about something, was acting kind of know-it-all and was almost put out and was like, "Wow, they are rushing you guys aren't they" - implying that we weren't ready to be trained on new things, etc etc. Anyway, I was perturbed by his condescending attitude and did my best by telling him what I did know and was capable of. He just shook his head.

It turns out that I have a buyer for my scooter in Taiwan - I'm excited because that's $200 for me! I do wish I could have brought it back and could drive it here. Maybe someday I'll buy one...(hehe)

Here is a Jack Handey quote to make you smile: "If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go limp, because you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy."