Summer planning is starting hardcore this week. I have a Teen Advisory Council meeting tomorrow night, and it's our last before I have to have the newsletter articles DONE. That means it's all happening now. There's a lot getting in my way this year--uncertainty about whether I'll have an intern this summer, hatred of the theme, the suspicion that I have MONO and that's why I'm so tired. And the biggest hurdle for me mentally--wondering how the heck I'm going to top last year.
Though I am the only YA librarian for three buildings, I'm lucky enough to have the funding for a paid intern to help me out for about 10 hours a week. My previous intern has graduated and left the country, leaving some big shoes to fill. The teens really related to him, and they miss him dearly, so any incoming intern is going to have to overcome some hurdles in bonding with the teens. We posted the position several months ago, but I wasn't thrilled with the candidates. They were all nice, but none of them had real enthusiasm for working with teens, and that's important for this sort of job. Overall I came out of the interviews feeling like I'd have to put in more than I'd get out of the potential interns--a situation that just won't work here. I need help, REAL HELP. I understand that a library student will have to learn everything, but the hope is that eventually they will be able to carry some real weight around here. The most promising candidate already had a full time job that would not have allowed her to be here when I'd need her most. We decided to postpone hiring until the Winter/Spring semester starts, but we haven't had any replies from qualified students. No intern will mean fewer programs and fewer BIG programs, which will be disappointing both to me and to the community.
I'm making the bold decision this year to completely ignore the collaborative theme. Every year I MOSTLY ignore it, but still use the name and some of the bad art. This year I'm not using any of it. The teen theme always seems very slapped together last minute based on a loose tie to the children's theme. My teens STILL make fun of past themes (Metamorphosis in particular), and so this year my theme is SUMMER READING. Wild, I know.
I'm a loner Dotie, a rebel.