New beginnings can be both exciting and scary. In the last few weeks, I’ve embarked on a major new beginning – a new job in a new city. Summer always seems to fly by. But with all of that excitement, this year it feels like I have missed summer entirely, in spite of spending nearly 2 weeks in July on a family vacation!
My new job is as Teen Librarian for the Central Library of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Virginia. Of necessity, that means my focus will shift from Children’s to Young Adult services. That doesn’t mean that I will drop my interest in Early Literacy and STEM programming for children. But it does mean that I will spend more time and effort on literacy issues and STEM programs for Tweens and Teens. That will be especially true in the short term while I settle in to my new job.
Some projects I hope to be able to pursue in the near future:
- A digital scavenger hunt in the library, perhaps sneaking in some information literacy info.
- Passive, creative programs. Hmmm, can I find the tangram sets I made on card stock. If not, they’re easy enough to recreate.
- Use the maker space idea as a springboard for Creator Space programs.
- Coming up with some creative and fun STEM programs for teens.
- Figuring out what organizations might make good partners for me for programming.
- What can I do with apps and tech toys?
So many ideas, so much to do, so little time. But it’s going to be a lot of fun along the way!