I’m wicked employed!

I’ve already sent out an overenthusiastic mass e-mail, shouting this to the rooftops, but I got a job!

I’ll have my MLS in a week, and I’ve accepted the youth services position with the Millicent Library in Fairhaven, MA. Let’s talk about the job:

1. Youth services means people age 0-18, so I get to do babies’ laptime, as well as book discussion groups.

2. I’m the only YS staff, so I’ll have a lot of autonomy. The director is amazing, and I have the impression that she’ll be very supportive.

3. This is what I’ve always wanted to do. Even when I was in high school, when I was asked the ever-popular “what do you want to be when you grow up”, I answered “I’d like to be a little old lady librarian (with tattoos), who sits in the children’s section waiting for school to let out.” I’m not little or old yet, but there’s not a lot I can do about it. Maybe watch more Golden Girls.

4. The library was built in 1893 by a steel magnate, in an Italian Renaissance style. That’s right. I’m going to work in a CASTLE.

Millicent Library

5. This is no ordinary castle. This is a haunted castle.

6. This is no ordinary haunted castle. This is a haunted castle by the sea. There is an ocean four blocks away.

7. There is a yarn shop two blocks away.

I’m trying to remain realistic in my goals for starting this job. I know that my first impulse when I first get there will be to change a bunch of stuff, and that’s exactly the wrong thing to do. I’ve been trying to remind myself of that, and I know that I can spend all that energy in the first few months unpacking, exploring the area, and maybe – just maybe – using the expression “doughty old salt” with a straight face.

  1. Congrats on the new gig!

    I’m not sure that watching more Golden Girls will make you little and old, but I can tell you what it will do to you…. Ha!

    I heart the northeastern part of the country, so I’m jealous!

    -AH

  2. It’s appealing until you look around your apartment at one A.M. and realize how much you still have to pack. Then you want to just cancel the whole thing, but keep the routine of spending time with your friends every single night.

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