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Hello Interwebs! I’m Kelly and I am a Youth Services Assistant at Chantilly Regional Library. In our department we work with both children and teens, although (don’t tell the children) I am finding I prefer the company of teens after 12+ years of working with the younger, snottier bunch. When not in a global pandemic I run the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), supervise the teen volunteers, and run the LGBTQA+ teen book club among other things. Those were the golden days of yore, however, and I find myself currently quarantined with my Kiwi husband and our incredibly dramatic four-year-old. I hear the Paw Patrol theme song in my sleep, y’all.
I have been trying in earnest to read since we have all of this time, but I am finding my brain cannot handle it. Not even the fun stuff. I did read Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir which is a fun graphic novel about a girl that works for a very strange library. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite graphic novel, but it was pretty good. I’m also half-reading this weird and hilarious book called The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackworth which is about Hell’s librarian and her attempt to catch unwritten stories before they wreak havoc on the living and non-living worlds. It’s kind of Supernatural meets The Good Place and I’m here for it. I’m also reading a crap-ton of picture books to my daughter, and Pippi Longstocking.
With all that is going on, I don’t have the brain power to watch anything beyond my old friends Parks and Rec, the Office, and various and sundry British programming that I have discovered via my mom’s BritBox account. The other day I watched Mary Berry visit old British manor homes and cook them meals and it just felt like a warm hug. My husband I have also been watching (until we ran out of episodes *shakes fist*) the British game/panel show Taskmaster. If you are curious, search for it on YouTube. It’s a series of British comedians being subjected to weird tasks and then being judged by comedian Greg Davies. Definitely good for a laugh or twenty.
I have not been snacking on anything super exciting during this time at home. Mostly just cheese in various forms and chocolate when I can get it. I baked chocolate chip cookies once, and a birthday cake during my quarantine birthday (anyone else have to celebrate alone this year?) but have otherwise not done much in the kitchen. Any time I try to bake the child wants to “help” and that just ends up with a mess and gritted teeth.
A fun fact about myself, you ask? I’ve been blessed by the Pope in Rome. Is that fun? I studied abroad in Europe and we were in Rome on a Sunday and dashed across the city to get to the Vatican in time. He came out onto his little Pope balcony and greeted folks in Italian first and then said “Hello all you English speaking people!” and we cheered and waved at him. It was a neat experience.
Hey guys! My name is Alicia and I'm the Youth Services Manager at the Patrick Henry Library in downtown Vienna, VA. As the Youth Services Manager I'm in charge of everything youth, from babies to teens. Playing with the babies is fun and all, but sometimes it's nice to talk to someone who can form complete sentences, you know? That's where working with teens comes in handy. With my minions (whoops, I mean staff), I manage the teen collection and offer programming to teens.
Contrary to popular belief, librarians don't spend their entire day reading, lots of other boring tasks take up to much time. So during quarantine I've been taking advantage of being able to read during the work day. Teen fluff (the fluffier the better) fiction has always been my go to comfort reads, so that's what I've been indulging with. I just finished 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston , which is fluffy with a capital F. When Sophie's boyfriend breaks up with her right before Christmas (jerk!) her big Italian family decide to distract her by sitting her up on 10 different blind dates, each date chosen by a different relative. Everyone from grandparents, mean cousins and weird aunts participate, and it's memorable to say the least.
My go to guilty pleasure show during quarantine (and always) is 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days . One of the many spin offs in the 90 Day Fiance, franchise, Before the 90 Days follows Americans as they travel abroad to be meet their significant other for the first time. Most of them have been dating for years, but only online. There is catfishing, freeloaders, cultural differences. In other words, it's a hot mess and I love it. Nothing makes me feel better about my life then watching other human beings make crazy choices with their lives.
I have a HUGE sweet tooth, so baking and eating sweets have been my go to during quarantine. A comforting favorite are my mom's cranberry shortbread cookies. Usually we only make them around Christmas time, but we have been making them in abundance right now. It's pure comfort in a cookie. A new recipe I just tried and fell in love with are snickerdoodle blondies. You can't see it, but I just took a moment after typing that last sentence to think longingly about those cookies. I think I may see another batch in my future very soon.
Hey, y’all! My name is Kerri, and I’m a Youth Services Assistant at the Centreville Library. In The Before Times, that meant I got to work with kids and teens of all ages. I did preschool storytimes, teen programs, and supervised our Teen Advisory Board and summer teen volunteers. Nowadays, I spend my days at my desk in my house, teleworking and dreaming of the days I’ll get to see other humans on a regular basis.
I haven’t been reading a lot in quarantine. (Okay, I’ve been reading a lot of fanfiction. The feels, guys, THE FEELS.) But one of the books I did manage to read recently was The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll. If you’ve seen bullet journals online, you’ve probably seen those ridiculously intricate, beautiful pages with tons of fancy hand lettering. That is… not me. I don’t have the artistic skill for that. However! Reading the book and trying out the bullet journal’s organizational principles has been really helpful so far. The emphasis does not have to be on the pretty. It’s about what works for you, and I find that list making and writing down the tasks I need to do has been super helpful when my attention span is pretty much non-existent. Try it for your schoolwork if it feels like scary and overwhelming! Break stuff down into tiny tasks and you’ll feel good about crossing off each of those things as you do them!
I’ve been watching a lot of familiar stuff – nothing too heavy on the drama or the plot. I binged my way through all of Modern Family. Now I’m on season five of The Office. I’ve also been rewatching a ton of Disney movies because they’re familiar and comforting and they make sense in this crazy world. Eventually I want to try a Marvel movie marathon in chronological order, too.
With all this time at home, I’ve finally had to use my kitchen on a regular basis, and that’s been an interesting journey. I’ve actually tried cooking some things – I discovered a newfound love for veggie nachos, and didn’t realize how easy it was to make roasted potatoes. (I… may have had a plateful of roasted potatoes for lunch a couple of times…) And I’ve been trying very, very hard not to let myself eat too much junk food, but there have definitely been a couple of batches of chocolate chip banana bread, and some brownies. Thinking about Chex Mix next…
I look forward to the day when things feel a little more normal and the sight of another human doesn’t immediately trigger my “fight or flight” reflex. (Mostly it’s flight. Germs, y’know.) We’ll get through it eventually! Whatever else 2020 throws at us, hopefully we’re well prepared with all of the post-apocalyptic novels we’ve read.
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