I’ve had several question/discussion post ideas the past few months, but no time to really get to them. With a few sick days this month, too sick to go to work, but not too sick to sit and blog, I decided to get a few of them typed up and ready to go when I had open days in my blog schedule.
As I get closer to the end of my teaching/school librarian career, I’ve started thinking about the things I wish I had done or could do or what I would like to do when I’m done. You see according to the Missouri teacher retirement program, I’ll be eligible to retire at my full benefits in 2028. And with the way things have been, I’m ready. I won’t be done working, I’ll probably go get an entry level job somewhere easy or nothing that I’ll stress about. Like at a public library, or a bookstore, or maybe just some easy filing/office type of job. Just will probably want health benefits if I can help it. But anyways, there are several dreams I have or things I thought I’d get to do as a librarian that I probably will not, and I was thinking about those.
- I decided I wanted to be a librarian when I was teaching middle school. And so my ultimate goal was to be a middle school librarian. Well, I’ve only had the chance to be a high school librarian, with a short stint at a technical college library. One thing that I know is often a nightmare for middle school librarians, but that I’d always wanted to do at least once, was host a book fair. High schools don’t really do that. I might have been able to get away with it at the last school where I was a librarian, but my current high school doesn’t have a lot of readers really. I’m guessing this will be the school I finish my career at since as far along as I am most schools are going to hire brand new out of school librarians to both save money and get someone to be there for a while.
- A dream job would be if I was hired to work at a new school building that was being built and having input on both what the library looked like – furniture, etc, but also being able to build the collection from scratch. Being able to choose all the books. That would be heaven! One of my favorite parts of my job is the shopping for books and determining what my students would like, what they need for their classes, etc.
- Running my own bookstore. At one time I thought it would be neat to have a bookstore in an airport that could be like a used book/trade/new book store. For all the people who travel and need a new book they could trade the one they’d finished for credit towards a new book. And other people could buy the used books for a discounted price as well. That was my idea until I kind of learned that there might be a bit of a monopoly on what bookstore is in pretty much every airport. Then this past year as I was driving down a street on my way home from work, taking a different side street to my house than usual, I drove by a building that used to host a jewelry store owned by a family that I’d gone to school with their kids. And I thought it would be a great building to put a bookstore in if only I had the money and good business sense. Of course what I want to do now is probably not a cost-effective type of store for the person running it, but I would want to carry the books by all the indie authors that I read and love. It would probably be a romance mostly bookstore, but I’d carry other things as well.
So, those are my bookish dreams. I mean one of my first bookish dreams, to be a librarian, came true about 10 years ago finally. I don’t think I’ll ever actually write and publish anything, I’m not a great writer and I’d rather keep reading other people’s books as opposed to spending that time making myself a better writer.
Do you have any bookish dreams? Share them with me! And of course I have to share the song that I used in the title. Originally I’d been thinking of a different song for my title, but since I’d used a song by that group in my last discussion post, I picked another dream song.