I really should be reviewing Shelley Freydont's Foul Play at the Fair today. Instead I'm going to discuss the elephant in the room. Why has my blog seemed sort of scattered lately?
I'm job hunting. And, many nights when I come home from work, when I'd rather be reading or working on my blog, I'm applying for jobs.
I warned my staff weeks ago that they should all start looking. There is a referendum on the November ballot in our town to repeal a sales tax that went into place in August. If that sales tax is repealed, the city has to come up with $25 million to cover the operating expenses for the next year. That means cutting city services.
Today, the staff and public saw for the first time a document I saw last Friday. Even when you know it's coming, it hurts to see it in print. The proposal going to Council tomorrow, along with other enormous cuts to make up $25 million, includes the recommendation that if the sales tax is repealed the two branches will be closed, the Main Library will be given over to an outside agency to run, and all 55 staff members in the system will be let go.
So, send good thoughts and prayers our way. What is a community without a library? For about twelve years, I've had a bumper sticker on my bulletin board, one I bought in Nashville. It says, "A city with a great library is a great city." I've always felt that way. I've given my heart to my library, to the community my library serves, to Authors @ The Teague.
If my blog isn't quite up to snuff, please forgive me. I still love my blog, and I'm passionate about sharing books with all of you. But, I'm trying to find another community to love. Anyone looking for a good supervisor, in whatever field? (I'm just terrific as a staff supervisor. Ask any of my staff over the years. And, I could probably bring an excellent publicist/writer with me.)
Oh, and an added note. I'm thinking outside the box.
I'm the one flexible person in the library system. I've lived and worked in Ohio, Washington, D.C., Florida and Arizona. There's nothing keeping me here, as Jim said when we left Florida. I don't HAVE to be a librarian, as much as I love it. I've done authors' programming. I'm the twitter manager for our library system, and I spend a great deal of time using social media. I will say, I'm an excellent supervisor and manager of staff. I'm just looking for another position with people who are as passionate about their job as I am, and as are all the staff I've worked with over the years.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
It's an honor to be asked to review books, and I'm grateful to all the publishers, publicists, and authors who send me books. Thank you. Reviews will appear on my blog if I've had a chance to read, and finish, the book. If I do not finish a book, I won't review it, and I will not respond to emails asking when, or if, I'll be reviewing a book.
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Splish, Splash, Splosh!: David Melling
Book: Splish, Splash, Splosh! Author: David Melling (@DavidMelling1) Pages: 22 Age Range: 2-5 Splish, Splash, Splosh! by David Melling is a medium-sized boar...
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