Oh wait, I AM. As of yesterday, I will officially be the newest librarian at my library – the library I grew up at, the library where I volunteered for nearly ten years, the library where I’ve worked for the past five years. I’ll be mostly a children’s librarian, but I’ll also work at the reference desk upstairs, covering breaks and days off and letting the regular reference librarians get some time away from the public. I’ll have a storytime in the fall, when we expand our hours. This is all thanks to the lovely people in the county who voted to increase taxes and provide stable funding for all the libraries.
I’m so flipping excited. Sometimes I’m driving around and I make this sort of going-down-a-roller-coaster screaming noise, except quiet. It hasn’t quite sunk in – and it probably won’t until I’m rolling out of bed and showing up for work at 8:30 or 9 am every day. It will be lovely to have my evenings free, but I’ve been spoiled by having my mornings and most day times free. I’ll only work 1 evening each week, and I’ll still have my one working weekend each month. And I’ll only have one full-time job. This will feel so weird. In a good way.
I’m excited about in a professional sense – that I’ll finally be putting my degrees to use, and doing a job that I believe in, and having more of a career and less of a random collection of part-time jobs – but I’m also curious to see all the little ways that this will change my day-to-day life, like coming home at 6:30 and making dinner. Or being able to have dinner plans with friends. Or being able to go to all those evening church services that are so conveniently scheduled for people who work during the day, but are impossible to attend if you work evenings. I can finally use that ballroom dance lesson gift certificate that my mom gave me for Christmas. I can develop new habits – a good challenge.
And oh boy, now I have a really good reason to keep up with children’s books.