CYPD Recap

Just came back from another fabulous CYPD Conference this weekend!  This year was a very different conference experience for me because I was fortunate enough to serve on the CYPD board.  For the past several months, I’ve had the privilege of working with some fabulous people to help put together an amazing event.  And I can’t wait to do it again next year!

But back to this year’s conference.  With a theme of #NOWTRENDING, librarians and library support staff from across Indiana came together for two days of great sessions all about working kids and teens.  From learning how to be a library rock star to programs about teaching animation techniques to kids, there was something for everyone.

We also had some fabulous speakers.  Like Adam Gidwitz!

I was fangirling too much to remember most of his speech, but it was AWESOME!

I was fangirling too much to remember most of his speech, but it was AWESOME!


And David Slonim!

"Creativity thrives within constraints."

“Creativity thrives within constraints.”


I enjoyed all of the sessions I attended.  Every year I am surprised and absolutely amazed at what other libraries in Indiana are doing.  I always come away with new ideas.

And my staff is always terrified when I come back because those new ideas mean changes.

Eh, they’ve survived thus far.




Summer Reading is Over!!! Now What Do I Do?


Our Summer Reading Program ended on August 1st (happy dance).  This was our most successful summer ever with 953 kids from age birth to 5th grade participating.  Needless to say, we were all exhausted.
Within one week of the program ending, all the decorations were taken down, the prizes were put away, and the library went back to business as usual.
And I had nothing to do.
Ok, not really but August is a strange month for me.  After so many months of intense focus on this one program, I always feel lost when Summer Reading ends.  Even though there are 500 things that need to be done, I literally feel like I have no idea what to do.  I have a hard time turning off my Summer Reading Brain and going back to Rest of the Year Librarian Brain.

Thankfully, I have had a few things that have forced me back to reality.  Currently, my library is interviewing for a new teen librarian and we will have one (hopefully!) soon.  There have also been school visits to schedule, along with new cards to issue the students.  I’ve also been getting ready for the CYPD Conference that is coming up over the weekend.

Does anyone else have trouble coming back to regular library life after Summer Reading?