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    • The making of a librarian
      • A recipe for success…
      • or survival?
      • How books plus kids plus knitting helped me find a career that I love.
      • A partial autobiography by Suzanne Sherry
      = + +
    • This is not my beautiful house!
      • How did I get here?
    • The chaos of two kids made me long for
      • Order
      • Minimalism
      • A Bulldozer
      At the turn of the millennium I found myself as a stay-at-home mom, with 2 small kids and a very limited budget.
    • How does a parent stay sane when they have kids under 5?
      • What am I going to do with my time?
      • How can I get some peace and quiet?
      • How do I prevent burnout?
      • How do I care for my kids without losing my self?
      • Do three syllable words still exist?
      • Is there a legal limit on the number of times you can play peek-a-boo—and how can I get my kids to stay under that limit?
    • They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
      • Being home with two small active kids is difficult.
      • But I wanted to be home with them!
      • Interruptions and constant demands are normal.
      • Nothing stays done (Fed people become hungry again. A clean diaper is soon full again.)
      • What is a parent to do?
      So that is what I did.
    • Back to the beginning…. I love Books!
      • Began reading independently at age 3
      • Read Dick and Jane books with grandmother’s fourth grade class; I was 4.
      • Read everything from toothpaste tubes to J.R.R. Tolkien.
    • Many come to library careers through the love of literature. My childhood favorites included:
      • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
      • D'Aulaire Book of Norse Myths and Greek Myths
      • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
      • All Creatures Great and Small series by James Herriot
      • John Bellairs novels (House with a Clock in Its Walls, The Clock, The Witch and The Ring)
      • Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
      • World Book Encyclopedia (I had my own set!)
    • Young Adult
      • Worked in local library shelving books, after school and summers through college
      • Found shelving VERY tedious but learned the collection deeply.
      • NO LATE FINES!
      • Majored in Literature in College (surprised?)
    • Ireland
      • Hated the university I attended as an undergraduate. I needed a change!
      • Applied and was selected to study in Ireland for one year
      • Studied modern Irish authors (Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Synge) and recent Irish history
      • Discovered Roddy Doyle (The Commitments, A Star Called Henry)
      • Met Paul (the love of my life) in English class; we have been married for 15 years
      • Fell in love with the country and the people. We return to visit Paul’s family every year.
      • Have 2 kids, now 4 and 7
    • BoyWonder
      • BoyWonder (now 7) was born determined and motivated.
      • He cried nonstop from the age of 6 months; he was mad because everyone was walking—except him!
      • He was only happy when he was practicing walking.
      • He walked independently at 9 months, and began running a week later.
      • Since he was able to move he has been a much happier person.
      • Look out world!
    • GirlPower
      • GirlPower (now 4) is a tough cookie. Nobody pushes her around.
      • Even as a baby she had a discriminating palate
      • One day she was eating toast. I had finished the butter so I used margarine on the next slice.
      • Though she was only about 1, she threw it back at me and screamed!
      • That was her way of saying, “I may be small but I am not stupid. Give me real butter!”
    • And we return to the present with…
      • Two active kids who fight nonstop
      • Bookworm mom
      • A desperate need for activity, order and mental stimulation for all of us
    • ONWARD! To the library!
      • The library has it all
      • Books
      • Toys
      • Movies
      • Cds
      • Educational games
      • PEACE and QUIET
      We began to go to the library 2-3 times a week.
    • Knitting
      • Wanted to have small thing to myself, one thing that gets done and stays done. Knitting does not unravel itself!
      • I wanted a hobby that was creative, interesting and relaxing.
      • Took adult education class in evenings
      • Made first scarf in January 2004, then a hat, then another, then socks, then a sweater……I was HOOKED
      • Unlike child care, knitting stays knitted. Its meditative, portable, and relaxing.
      • Won ribbon at the Virginia State Fair for lace shawl in 2006
      • In 2005 I completed over 70 projects
    • The Knitting Community
      • Began going to knitting group at local coffee shop found through Yahoo Groups
      • Knit blogs became popular; blogs form a virtual community with no geographic borders
      • Began mentoring other knitters as my skill has developed
      • Knitters are known for helping—we raised over $350,000 for Doctors Without Borders in 2007
      • Started own knitblog in 2005
    • Knit-Library Connection
      • Went to see Nancy Pearl (famous librarian) speak after hearing about the event at knitting group
      • Knew I needed to start planning to go back to work…and what did I want to do when I grow up?
      • Knitter in group already attending FSU and recommended it….
      • Knitter in same group told me about a part-time library job….
      • I am now finishing my final semesters at FSU.
      • I work as a real librarian! (Turbo sushing action not included.)
    • When life gives you lemons…
      • Everyone has problems! But without problems we could have no solutions.
      • Try to stay positive and make the most of the challenges that appear. If I had been blissful at home I would have never learned to knit, never turned to the library for help, and never attended library school.
      • My life would be so much poorer today!
      • Remember that problems have to exist for a solution to be found.
      Learn to love lemonade!
    • Credits
      • Slide 2: Text is paraphrase from the song “Once in a Lifetime” by the Talking Heads from http://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/talking+heads/once+in+a+lifetime_20135070.html
      • Photo “Depth of Field” from Flickr from CreativeSpam http://www.flickr.com/photos/willyg/320564232/in/set-72157594222676472/ Available for use with a Creative Commons License.
      • Slide 3: Photo “.Bulldozer_” from Flickr by Diana Madrigal http://www.flickr.com/photos/dianamadrigal/409646545/ Available for use with a Creative Commons License.
      • Slide 12: Photo “Depth of Field” from Flickr from CreativeSpam http://www.flickr.com/photos/willyg/320564232/in/set-72157594222676472/ Available for use with a Creative Commons License.
      • Slide 16: FSU Seal from http://fsu.edu
      • Nancy Pearl/Librarian Action Figure image from Stupid.com http://www.stupid.com/stat/LIBR.html
      • All other photos and clip art are either property of author or Microsoft.