2016-04-21 / Editorial

Stress and the modern librarian

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by Melanie Taylor Coombs

In my lengthy career as a librarian I have often heard “gee, you’re a librarian, must be nice to read all day.” That would be awesome, I would love that job. In fact, I spend part of my day at the public information desk and the other part getting done 57 million things that comprise my day to day activities. I order books and DVDs. I schedule staff. I organize programs for adults, etc. By far, organizing programs is the most difficult task. Here’s why.

First. Find an appropriate speaker. Maine authors are great! We’ve had David Rosenfelt, Julia Spencer Fleming, Wes McNair, and many more. McArthur Library has also hosted a variety of speakers on money management, health and history as well as several musical groups.

Second. Coordinate dates and avoid conflicts. This can be tough. The library and the city of Biddeford are busy. We try very hard to pick dates and times that will suit the most people.

Third. Advertise. Send out press releases, posters and advertising. Fingers crossed they make it to places people read about the upcoming event.

Fourth. Confirm details with the presenter. I’ve had to stand in front of audiences thanking them for patience for speakers caught in traffic. Ugh.

Fifth. Take care of the details. Refreshments, chairs, staffing, computers, screens, microphones, etc.

Sixth. Hope people come. Rain sometimes keeps people away. Snow definitely keeps people away. Sunny days following rain may keep people from coming. Cold days push folks inside because they want to do something away from home.

In the end, any flaw in the process can make a fun event a bit of a disaster. So, I’m asking you all to check out some of the fine events that we’ve put together and please join is for a (hopefully) packed house. This will help my stress level immensely.

Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. Free Sunday afternoon concert with the Maine Highland Fiddlers. A toe tapping celebration of traditional fiddle music. Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Mainers on the Titanic with author Mac Smith. There were many Maine folks on the fated ship. Learn about survival and the story of those left behind waiting for news of their loved ones.

Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. History of Maine nursing with author Juliana L’Heureux. Maine registered nurses celebrated 100 years of service last year. This is a largely pictorial account of nursing in our state.

Monday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. Maine Law Day with Jennifer G. Hayden of Molleur Law. Here is a great opportunity to meet with a local lawyer for free.

Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Zombie Truckers with author Robert Cyr. Learn how to get out of your rut and live a healthier life.

Events at McArthur Library are free and open to the public, Please call 284-4181 for more information.

Melanie Taylor Coombs is adult services supervisor/ librarian at McArthur Public Library on Main Street in Biddeford.

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