Weekly Wrap-Up #133 – September 3rd, 2023

Posted September 3, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in Weekly Wrap Up / 24 Comments

And it’s September! Can you believe it?

Last Sunday was cooler than it had been so I was able to get outside and mow finally. I spent the rest of the day hanging out at home with my two pups. Got some house cleaning and laundry done. Did some blogging and reading. Went to my brother’s for dinner.

Monday was another hellish day at work. Although I did get a few moments here and there to continue to work on updating my library web page so I can create a scavenger hunt to do with the English classes when they come down. At dinner on Sunday night my family kept asking why I didn’t switch to elementary library because I wouldn’t have to deal with the technology like I do at high school level. I’ve never been great with that age group, plus the way the elementary library works is a lot different than high school. But, after today, I thought that maybe I need to give it a try next year and see if I at least do that maybe I can get into another district easier? After school I stopped by to see Gabriel and drop off a blanket my mom made for him when he goes to his new family hopefully on Friday!

Tuesday I had a couple teachers coming in to do the library orientation with their students and get books checked out so they had books to read. I finally got to feel like a librarian. Although every spare minute in between when they were there I was dealing with laptop repairs and issues, and my poor library clerk had to deal with all of that all by herself while I was with the classes. Making things even crazier, they are trying to get some testing done to set starting points for where students are and what they need to move on, and guess what, those tests are computer based, so yeah, that was a whole other aspect we had to deal with.

Wednesday was a little slower it seemed with technology, but we were also still kind of busy because I had classes coming in for orientation for two hours again. Another teacher brought in some chocolate for me and my library clerk to enjoy and say they appreciated all we were doing!

Thursday started off seeming to finally have slowed down with technology. But then we had a couple bursts of tons of students coming in. The tech people were available to use the Google chat thing from the warehouse to help us with some issues. But my clerk and I are just curious what they were doing there that they could do that but they couldn’t be at our building helping these students! I’m seriously considering either looking for a small town library job or giving in to take an elementary position in another district just to get my foot into their door. Here’s a picture of most of the laptops we collected Thursday and had to give out new ones to replace them. And this doesn’t include the ones that we were able to fix easily.

Friday was a lot slower with laptop issues. I was able to get some things actually done in the library! So that was nice! Another teacher saw both my library clerk and my posts about the craziness and she brought us donuts from a local donut place that is to die for! And also a soda and candy in the afternoon.

Found out my house guest from last week, Gabriel, finally got to go to his furever home on Friday night too! I stopped by on my way home from work to give him kisses before he would go. Then later that night I drove back to my friend’s house to drop my two off so I could go to Branson on Saturday morning with my mom for a mother daughter-weekend!

Saturday morning my mom picked me up and and we drove to Branson to stay at her new little cabin. We stopped at a quilt store in Springfield where she found some material for the quilting group she’s in at a church. Then we drove on down and after dropping our things off at the cabin, went to the outlet mall for a bit. We had dinner, then went and did some shopping at Hobby Lobby for a few decorations at her cabin. Then went back and watched a movie.

Books Finished

First was an e-galley I got and posted my review of yesterday. Second was an audiobook I finished up this week. Third was an ARC I finished and should post the review either this coming week or maybe later this month depending on when it actually publishes!

New Additions to My Library




I used my Audible credit for this Tara Sivec book. I did what Anne over at Books of My Heart mentioned about making sure audiobooks weren’t available for free through the library before I bought them.

Bookish Stuff:



Got this first novella for a blog tour review at the end of September. Second is for a blog tour review later this coming week! Third is the first in the new SmartyPants Romance books, review for the end of the month! And last is an e-galley the publisher offered me on Edelweiss for next March and I went ahead and downloaded it now.

Free E-books:


Physical Books:


What I’m Watching

Continuing watching Heartstopper and Black Mirror, and rewatching Outlander and loving seeing all the places I got to visit when I was in Scotland. Saturday night I watched The Pope’s Exorcist with my mom.

Coming Up Next Week on My Blog:

The 1st and 3rd are ARCs from publishers. Both should have been posted as reviews this past week too, although the first one might wait till later in the month depending on its actual pub date. The middle one is an e-galley for a blog tour review Thursday.

Should also have a few promos this week.


Don’t forget that I do now have the nice little box on the right hand sidebar so you can check out giveaways all the time! My current monthly giveaway is HERE! Remember if I get over 100 entries in that monthly giveaway I add more winners, and so far this year I’ve had over 100 entries every month. And for August I had over 400 entries, so I will be picking 4 winners!

I also started a Summer Seasons of Books Giveaway last month, so be sure to go enter that HERE. This giveaway goes until mid-September I think, so lots of chances to still get entered.

Final Thoughts

Can you believe it’s September? Did you read or watch anything good this past week? Get any good books?

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24 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up #133 – September 3rd, 2023

  1. Oh wow! That does sound like a crazy week! Glad you at least had a few moments of slow periods. And that the teachers recognize all your hardwork with a very important treat; chocolate! Lol! Glad you had a nice weekend too!

    Nice new reads! These are new to me ones but I hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

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  2. Busy. Will this tech stuff slow down once school is off and running, I mean is this just the setup rush? I hope so. If you got in another district, would they also have the tech stuff handled by the library at middle school or is that just your district? I can’t shop anymore, we have too much stuff already. lol

    • Lisa Mandina

      It kind of slowed down a bit on Friday, so I’m hoping the trend is slowing down as set up goes on. But I know we always had kids coming through all day every day even when we could just send them on to technology. Different districts do tech differently. The last district I was in we had a tech person in the building (like we do at my current school) and he did everything. About all I had to do there was help kids get the printer set up on their computers. Oh well.

  3. I can see why you are considering changing your job for next year… It sounds horrendous that the bulk of the IT issues fall upon trained librarians!!! I’m glad that at least some of your teachers appreciate what you’re doing and ensuring that you know of their appreciation – little treats like that can make a lot of difference. I hope the coming week is is less insane, Lisa.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I’m hoping the days get more like last Friday when it had slowed down, and that they slow down some more. It’s crazy the tech I have to do. It wouldn’t seem as crazy if we didn’t have tech people in the building. I know smaller districts without a tech often the library does the tech, but then that makes more sense.

  4. I’m sorry things have been rough. Sometimes I question why schools run the way they do. I mean, it took our tech people 3 weeks to get me a key card to the building. Really?? How hard is that? They don’t have to teach classes or anything. I understand about not being an elementary person too. It’s not my thing, but I would do it for the right job. Hopefully this week is calmer!

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    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, I wonder a lot of times why it takes tech so long. But then I’ve seen them sitting in their office playing video games or watching movies on their computers, so then I get it.

  5. I CANNOT believe it’s September. It feels strange, to be honest. That does sound frustrating. I don’t blame you for thinking of something different. There seeems t obe such variation in library jobs, depending on what you’re doing!

    Branson sounds fun!

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    • Lisa Mandina

      This year is just flying by! But I’m ready for the cooler weather. And I know some librarians do tech all the time, but usually that means they don’t have a tech person there, which we do, which is what frustrates me. Branson was a nice relaxing time!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I know smaller district librarians often have to do tech, but they don’t usually have a tech person in the building like we do, so it’s crazy for us to do it. It’s been a nice long weekend for sure!

  6. I’m sorry that things are so tough for you at work. Having been through this myself, all I can say is that sometimes a change is as good as a rest. It sounds like you have had a wonderful Labour Day weekend! I hope the upcoming week is a good one for you.

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    • Lisa Mandina

      So far we’ve had less tech issues, but other things popped up today. Oh well. Just doing my best to make it through the year!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Unfortunately with my contract I’m at least stuck till the end of the school year. But I’ll be searching a lot harder and be a lot more open to different things next year I think!

  7. Wait… so your school doesn’t have a tech department or staff? I thought you were just handing them out and keeping track of them. If you also have to provide tech support, I can see why you’d want to get out of that. Our school district has chromebooks at all grade levels, but each school has one or two tech support folks.

    My week was pretty good. We enjoyed a 4-day weekend, but had to drive our son back to college on Sunday (it’s about 3 hours away). We are back to work and school this week and of course, it’s the hottest week of the summer!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Oh, we have tech staff and department. But they’ve made it so they only do the big repairs that require taking the computers apart of having all the passwords to do that kind of stuff. And they cut back tech staff this past year, or should I say they didn’t replace two of the ones who quit. It’s crazy. Ooh, nice to have 4 days! But yeah, driving does take up part of the time you get to relax. We had heat, but not as bad as the week before.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I know a lot of smaller school librarians do all the tech stuff a lot of times, but it is crazy to have to do so much when we have actual tech people in our building. Oh well. It’s starting to slow down!

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