Sunday, March 24, 2024

A Day in the Life of a Children's Librarian

This was a busy day with two programs, an interview, business lunch, and management meeting! There's really no such thing as a "typical" day as every day is a little bit different, which is one of the things I love about working in public libraries.

  • 9:00am - Arrive at work, clock in, check e-mail, check desk schedules. Drop by assistant director's office to pick up interview questions for later. Post storytime reminder on Facebook.
  • 9:20-10:30am - Prep for storytime. Set up chairs, got out bubbles, shaker eggs, and speaker. Filled sensory bin with water (along with frogs, fish, ducks and lily pads). Select toys for playtime after storytime. Filled water bottle and made quick trip to restroom.
  • 10:30-11:00am - Toddler Storytime! (co-worker stepped in for playtime so I could go to interview.)
  • 11:00am-12:00pm - Participated in interviewing of candidate for adult services librarian position.
  • 12:00-1:00pm - Took candidate out to lunch with rest of interview panel
  • 1:00-3:00pm - Covered service desk in youth services, during which I checked & responded to e-mail, began selecting books on requested themes to take to daycare later in week, and checked in with staff.
  • 3:00-3:45pm - Met with rest of management team to discuss the candidate we interviewed earlier, and other personnel matters.
  • 3:45-4:00pm - Opened up room and set up for Pokémon Club, walked through library informing potential attendees of location (a change from previous month)
  • 4:00-5:00pm - Pokémon Club
  • 5:00-5:15pm - Cleared out and locked up meeting room, recorded attendance, checked e-mail, and checked in with assistant director before leaving for the day.
And as always, I'm sure there are several quick tasks and short conversations with various staff and/or patrons that I've forgotten to include. 


  1. Pokemon club! That sounds like so much fun. I'm hoping to do a Pokemon party over the summer. :-)

    1. It's a great no cost, low effort program for us! The kids don't want any organized activities or anything; they just want to hangout, look at each other's card collections, and trade. A couple of the older kids do actually play the game. It's a great bunch of kids. We have participants from 4 to maybe 15, and the older/veteran collectors have been really great about taking the younger/new collectors under their wing, and often give them a few cards to help start their collections.