Chapter 9, On making a teen space, part 3

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Soft opening today.

No fanfare, just … open. A room, and then room for ironing out the kinks, room for it to be slighly incomplete, but full enough to get the ball rolling.

So how is a teen space made?

Step, by step, by step, by step.

Best practices can tell you what you should start with, the attitude that you should go into this endeavor with, but you won’t know what you need and what you’re missing until you just do. 

Side note that I have to relive over and over: 1 days before soft opening: the big screen UHD TV arrives, with the Apple TV box set to arrive Friday…. and  I realize, I forgot to order the mount. Woops.

How my day went:

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Chapter 9, On Making a Teen Space, Part 2

7 days until opening.

Status update –

  • All remaining furniture moved up from the first floor. It fits way better than it ever did down there in the fishbowl, simply because with 3 walls to push stuff up against, everything could be rearranged.
    • Photo here.
  • The place on the wall where the big screen should go doesn’t make sense anymore with the furniture looking the way its looking. Which sucks, because the electricians made an outlet especially for the placement.
  • The words of my boss is coming back to haunt me: “Do you have a plan for storage?” (To which I nodded yesyesofcourseido… nooooooo)
  • Data wiring still isn’t available throughout the room, but LIT has managed to finagle the desktops to work with Envisionware, and are now accomodating my need to move the staff computer elsewhere. Gotta love ’em.
  • I need to fix the upcoming schedule.
  • Need to send feedback about the logo to our graphics/marketing department.
  • I just realized I’m off Thursday and Friday because Friday is my regularly scheduled day off and I needed an extra day off since I worked this past Sunday.
  • Freaking out.
  • The kids that stopped by today gushed a bit on how organized the furniture was. Made me giggle.
  • Board games included a throwback to Clue, to which no one figured out the mystery, two rounds in a row. But the last round, Ms. Scarlet murdered someone in The Library with the Rope.
  • clue

Chapter 9: On Making a Teen Space, Part 1

Starting from scratch is hard, but if done right… well. I won’t know until maybe a year’s time if I really did do it right.

Hopefully among some other reasons (quieting my usual self-deprecating voice here, because Lord, imposter syndrome to the max), I was mainly hired to build up a teen tech studio, which has now been just dubbed The Studio, in the Main Library.

I’m 6 months into my position, and its been one heck of a ride. I wanted to chronicle my efforts into building up The Studio, but between actually building it up and my personal life, I haven’t gotten around to blogging about it much.

Soft opening is in 9 days.

What better time to start than now?

tl;dr – my efforts up until this point have been all over the place, between working across departments, to building up a base of regularly attending teens. 1400+ words, but with pics, so that’s cool right??

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Chapter 8: On being a mentor…

“Mentor” on my spotlight tool is defined as a highly trusted advisor.

Really, that sort of open-endedness leads me into my spiral of deep thought en la madrugada when I can’t get back to sleep.

tl;dr: with respect to youth services in librarianship, is it mentorship, or is it pseudo-parental-figureship, or is it both? and will it always be this way with working with teens and children? more than anything, mentorship hinges on the emotional connection between people.


all the thoughts in the late hour!! via giphy 

2nd warning: lots of soapbox below – over 1000 rambling words.

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Chapter 7, On being Jack Gantos’ Handler…

Ok look, lets face it: perks of being a librarian are typically getting pre-published books for review, getting new shipments of books, and …. the smell of new books and old books. Once a year, maybe you get to travel for a conference, depending on budget.

Today, was a big perk –


“So I have to ask. … did you really land in that pool!?!” (In The Trouble in Me).
“Yes, I really did!”
“I don’t have any books for you to sign… but I do want one thing. … Can we take a selfie?!”
“Of course!”
3 pictures later…
“OK, this one is Facebook worthy.”

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A little bit of Dewey fun

Ricci’s Dewey Decimal Section:

932 Egypt to 640

Ricci = 89339 = 893+39 = 932

900 History & Geography

Travel, biographies, ancient history, and histories of continents.

What it says about you:
You’re connected to your past and value the things that have happened to you. You’ve had some conflicted times in your life, but they’ve brought you to where you are today and you don’t ignore it.

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Ricci’s Dewey Decimal Section:

304 Factors affecting social behavior

Ricci’s birthday: 3/14/1990 = 314+1990 = 2304

300 Social Sciences

Books on politics, economics, education and the law.

What it says about you:
You are good at understanding people and finding the systems that work for them. You like having established reasoning behind your decisions. You consider it very important for your friends to always have your back.

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