This was an absolutely crazed day. Librarians always anticipate/dread summer library programming and we are in the total full-blast throes of it now. I guess it's the result of successful programming--we have tons more kids signed up than last year and have run out of goodie bags and some prizes, but still they come in in DROVES to sign up. And then they come in with their completed challenge sheets and reading logs, ready to recite poems and sing to us (some of the challenge sheet requirements). Today we had two different day care centers descend on us. It's great that everyone is reading, but ARRRRRRGGGGHHHH.
But in the midst of all this chaos, one of the sweet little rewards of my job--an older gentleman who favors squeaky-clean romance novels, and who gives me long lists of titles he wants, most of which need to be ordered through the Byzantine channels of Interlibrary Loan, brought me a big heaping bowl of strawberries fresh from his garden.
That's the thing--the people-to-people stuff is what makes the job fun and greatly rewarding. It's funny--some of the libraries are setting up automated phone systems at great cost--paying thousands and thousands of dollars to avoid human contact. We are small and I'm glad that our human contact is 24/7. No phone menus, no self-checkout. It's all people, all the time, with all the attendant messes. And we like it that way.
I have to say I arrived home fairly wrung out tonight. But there was strawberry shortcake to make (and it was fabulous!) and there was committed work to do on quilting projects. I completed basting on the Flying Geese element. That's progress and that's enough for me. Before I turn into a pumpkin tonight, I'm also going to get some fabric pre-washed and maybe ready to cut out tomorrow night for sewing at Seams on Wednesday. I feel like I'm regaining some momentum. Yes.