Several people have mentioned to me lately that they could never work in a library because it’s just too boring and quiet.

I generally stare at them blankly and try to remember the last time I was bored. It’s been…awhile. So, to dispel the myth of the silent, shushy, boring library, I started writing a big, long article detailing all of the ways that libraries aren’t boring. But, I think I can sum it up with this.

This week, our libraries held or hosted 28 programs, including Story Times, Movie Nights, Spanish and German Classes, Zumba, and an Entrepreneurial group, to name a few.

We assisted about 1200 patrons and circulated about 1100 items. Patrons logged over 200 hours on our public access computers and used the public WiFi for over 100 hours.

Librarians visited daycares, head starts, preschools, and even nursing homes to share the love of reading with the community.

Maintenance staff planned and completed projects big and small, from regular cleaning to floor refinishing to lighting projects.

Cataloging processed nearly 50 items, admin processed about 200 courier items that travel from one end of the state to the other, and our board held its monthly meeting.

We met with vendors to be sure our online resources meet the needs of our patrons. We met with the State Historical Society about the Missouri Bicentennial. We started planning the rollout of a new tool so patrons can log their Summer Reading participation online. We ran reports. No week is complete without reports, rights?

We ordered books, read about books, listened to podcasts about books, and talked with family, friends, and patrons about books (whether they wanted to or not).

I hope you made it this far, because in the midst of all these wonderful, busy activities, this week our librarians helped job seekers fill out online applications, recommended books to teens, and provided a listening ear for patrons who needed it.

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