Thursday, January 18, 2007

The cranky librarian is at your service

Wow. I've always wanted to be a published writer. In college, I always thought I would be able to teach high-school English full-time, and then keep up with my short stories and maybe write the Great American Novel in my "free time." It didn't take too many days in the real world to realize that teaching is more than a full-time job, and more often than not, "free time" was spent grading papers and collapsing into a couch coma after long days of trying to get 15-year-olds to appreciate Shakespeare and handling problem children (and the parents who love them) who simply didn't want to learn.

So, I became a school librarian. And while I no longer have to take home personal narratives about first car wrecks and teenage romance gone awry, I have found that managing a high school library that serves 1600 and being the gatekeeper for all the instructional technology in our building is just as taxing as explaining what the bard really meant when he wrote, "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" And once I became a mom, well..."free time" became as rare an event as talking to an actual human being during a customer service call.

So here I am, blogging. Since I am a librarian (or, as I am called at my school, Library Media Specialist), I'll be talking about books. But I'm also a mom, wife, pop culture freak, cancer survivor, and all-around grouch, so I'll be talking about some other stuff, too. Not everything I post will be sunshine and roses, but it will be an honest picture of my life as a librarian, mom, avid reader, and overwhelmed school-technology guru. I hope you'll stick around.

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