Trying Not to Lose My Job
The search for positivity continues.
There is a theory that we are living in a computer simulation. Seriously, if you have not heard about this, big names are talking about it; Nick Bostrom, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frank Wilczek, and, yep, even that Musk guy. What do I believe? Well, honestly it does not matter. I hate when people say, “It is what it is,” but that is correct. What I, or any of those other guys believe does not change whatever the reality truly is. But, I will say this, if someone is running this simulation/game/our world please get your act together. I feel like the player has too many things going on and the game is rapidly destroying itself. Again, I don’t know what is going on in our world, but trust me, I know I cannot discuss the latest issue that was “leaked”, I am trying not to lose my job.
So, you guessed it positive vibes from this paragraph forward.
We stopped charging daily overdue fines quite some time back, but still charged letter fees. There is a call, a postcard and 2 letters before the ultimate last letter that my friend Dustin helps me with. We pay a fee for our automated system, paper, envelopes, and printing. But let’s just look at the easiest cost to measure, stamps. A postcard stamp costs $0.48, two letters only receive a stamp at $1.16, and the letter before the ugly one receives a certification of mailing at a cost of $1.65. The max fees accumulated for letters was $3.00, $0.21 less than just the cost of stamps. No matter the justification, I still don’t like telling people they have a fee. Fees seem like a reprimand, why, because they are. Boo. No more letter fees.
I am also toying with the idea of automatic renewal. Items would be renewed twice before calls, postcards or letters. I just want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make you feel like whatever gamer is controlling the Morgan County Library is paying attention, no dumpster fires here. On to more fun.
We also received another grant! Our third one this year! Our State Librarian, Robin Westphal, found some cool stuff at the PLA conference; Penworthy Phonics Kits and STEM to Go Kits. We received the max amount for our library, $4000. This week I ordered 28 kits, ranging from Berenstain Bears Phonics Kit (Join Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister Bear on a reading adventure with this Berenstain Bears phonics kit featuring a 12 book Berenstain Bears phonics set, Penworthy Prebound leveled reader, Wipe-Off phonics workbooks and two activities. The first is three sets of soft foam phonics cubes and a second is a game focused on sight words) to Let’s Explore Space Kit (Learn and explore space with this kit that includes a telescope, constellation and solar system projector, and book about stars and galaxies.) These kits will join our activity kits, some for in-house check out, some for home. Those preschoolers loved the toys I showed them a few weeks ago, the kits from the grant will have the bigger kiddos excited too.
It is amazing how much better I feel after the positive vibes. I am not sure how much control or influence I might have in this so called simulation known as life. But, I promise we will do all we can to keep your library experience rewarding; coins, 1 ups, bonus plays, whatever terminology fits the gaming world, I obviously am clueless about.
Upcoming Events: 5/11 Story Time at 10am, 5/12 Homeschool Activity at 1:30pm, 5/14 LEGO Play at 10:30am. May is the last month to participate in the Little House Reading Challenge.