I also managed to finish Charlotte’s Web by EB White. It was good but very frank and sad. A large part of me was happy I decided to wait until adulthood to give this one a read. Side note: I now want a pet pot belly pig.
"To those with ears to hear, libraries are really very noisy places. On their shelves we hear the captured voices of the centuries-old conversation that makes up our civilization." -Timothy Healy
As a kid I loved to read. I loved bookstores and libraries and paper and ink. The smell of a library was enchanting and at night I would sit in my bed and smell the dust and love collected in the pages of books and think about what it would be like if someone paid me to be there. As an undergraduate I studied English literature as San Diego State University. I spent hours pouring over other people’s words searching for hidden meaning, allusion, and hyperbole. I had briefly but never seriously contemplated a graduate program in library science. In fact pretty much up until I applied I was planning on continued my higher, higher education here in San Diego, studying children’s literature and then I needed a second job, so I applied at the library on campus. It seemed logical. I love books and the library is full of books. So I applied and got a job as a student assistant. And I really really loved my job. I loved working with people. I loved having the knowledge to point people in the right research direction. I would go home smelling like literature, you know that smell, the old book smell. When I graduated in May I thought I’d take a year off, get married, see the world. I did those things but graduating also meant no longer working in the library which I ended up missing way more than I thought I would. When the application date opened up for the San Jose State University Library and Information Sciences masters program I pounced, the prospect of once again working in a library leading my decision to end my long (and boring, mind-numbing) break from school early. Now I am learning the intricacies of librarianship so I can once again be a part of an institution founded on the principle of shared knowledge available to those who seek it.
This week has been a time warp of reading, research and paper writing. I can proudly say that last night I turned in my first research paper of graduate school on the importance of youth librarianship and children’s literature collections in academic (ie:university) libraries. Only ten pages but it feels like an accomplishment, the first research bout of many to come and at the end of it all will be a place for me surrounded by books and people who like books (like Cookie monster, see below video)