I am offically a working woman again. Well, only part time. I finished out the semester with a 3.0 gpa. I’m hoping to bring that up next semester. I’m not taking any summer classes so I decided to get a part time job. It’s only 15 hours a week at the local library,but I like it. I just wish it paid more. I have had jobs where the pay was decent but I absolutely hated it. But this job is perfect for me. The library does get busy at times but I don’t have a lot of coworkers. It’s just my boss and me there. There’s another assistant who is there in the a.m. but she usually leaves before I get there. I spend 3 hours a day checking books in/out, checking people into the computer lab, weeding out books, shelving books, and anything else that my boss needs help with. The summer reading program starts soon so I’m sure that it will get busy. I’ve always loved libraries and so I’ve always wanted to work in one. In my opinion, librarians do not get paid enough for all that they have to do. My boss works really hard and is pulled in so many directions at work. In my opinion, she should make at least twice what she does. But the library is state funded (very little at that) so I guess it’s not in the budget.
I suppose people don’t realize how little we make because they certainly like to make demands or get angry because they can’t check out a book due to the fact they don’t have their library card. Or, they get mad when they have to pay a couple of bucks to replace the card they lost. But thankfully, those types of patrons are not the majority. Most of the people who come to the library are polite. I will say that no one works in the library because it pays well. They work there because they love what they do. I know that’s why I work there. I feel as if it’s the one place I belong. I hope that the patrons who frequent the library feel the same way.