Now, I know that I am super duper lucky to be employed right now. Believe me, it’s a relief to not have to think about unemployment.
But it’s still not the same.
I miss working with the books. I miss being at the returns desk. I even miss interacting with the patrons to an extent.
Not all of them. But most.
It’s not fun being here at home, at the dining room table, scrolling through the library catalog and trying to figure out what to do with my time. Plus, my sole coworker only really seems to care about mealworms and napping. Not much for conversation.
I know when we reopen, things are going to be different. My boss is already talking about masks, installing plastic shields on the desks, trying to make sure we can still do the six feet apart deal – that’s fine. I’ll take it.
It’s gonna be nuts whenever we reopen, I know that for sure.
Until then, I’ll be here. Teleworking. Having a blast and a half.
…maybe “rough” was the wrong word here. “Weird,” definitely.
Our entire system was taken down at work for a few days in preparation for a new one to take its place. This meant, however, that we couldn’t do anything. At all. Just check out books offline and tell people over and over again that no, we couldn’t renew their books/look up their accounts/try to find a book/basically diddly squat.
Kind of a surreal working experience. Thankfully all is well and up and running.
Thankfully, as of last week, Summer vacation is now over. The kids are back at school, and with Labor day behind us, our busy season is finally at an end. So hopefully, we can all relax just a little teeny bit. At least until Columbus Day Weekend.
The thing is, when these surges of returns happen, they more often than not end up being mostly children’s books, particularly on program days. Considering that each patron can check out up to 50 books at a time, and children have a tendency of taking out a lot of material during one visit, it adds up pretty quickly. Especially when a whole family returns all their books at once. Compound this with a children’s program and multiple families decide that this is the perfect time to return everything – it’s more than a little terrifying.