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Something on Sunday: Back to Work!

Happy Sunday! A couple of weeks ago Jenny at Reading the End decided to launch a little project called Something on Sunday, a way to celebrate the little things in life and share some love for the things that matter most. She encouraged people to blog every Sunday “about something that kept you on your feet that week,” big or small, bookish or not, that’s happening right now.

My Something on Sunday for this week happens to be big, and sort of bookish — after almost seven months of unemployment, I got a job!

Since mid-October I’ve been working as the social media specialist for the Washington County Library system. It’s a new position for the library and for the county, which means I’ve had a lot of room to experiment and make the job my own. In general, I’m responsible for running the library’s social media presence, analyzing data about our digital efforts, and strategizing how to better support the work being done at the libraries in our system. It’s so much fun.

I feel like working at a library is sort of the dream for bookworms. This isn’t exactly where I expected to land when I began my career exploration in March, but it also feels like exactly the place where I should be. I’m still adjusting to the fact that my season of sabbatical is over, but I also feel like a kid in a candy store when I get to walk up to the cataloging department and sneak a peek at all the new books going out into the world… so it kind of all evens out.

The transition of going back to work full time has been a little rough. I feel like I’m having to learn to manage my time all over again (through something like the fourth or fifth major change in the last 18 months), but one thing I have now is a greater capacity to give myself a break. Things will settle out soon enough, and at that point I hope to be back here more regularly. Thank you all (again and again and again) for your patience and kindness and good cheer — this community is amazing and I miss being a more active part of it.

Also, I decided to try bangs… photos to come.

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  • Sarah's Book Shelves November 12, 2017, 1:04 pm

    Congratulations and your job does sound kind of like a dream come true!

  • Bettina November 12, 2017, 1:54 pm

    Congrats Kim! Such good news. It sounds like an amazing job too.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End November 12, 2017, 6:00 pm

    Ooh, bangs — daring! I had bangs as a kid and that was enough bangs for me to last a lifetime, but I always love seeing how they look on other people. Can’t wait to see pics!

    SO many congrats on the new job. I know it’ll be an adjustment, but you’ll be brilliant at it. <3

  • Jean @ Howling Frog November 12, 2017, 6:59 pm

    Welcome to the library world! As we all know, everything is better when you’re in the stacks. Even if you’re the social media person. 🙂

  • Beth November 13, 2017, 1:28 am

    I’m so glad to hear this, Kim. Hope you enjoy the heck out of that job–living the dream!

  • Kazen @ Always Doing November 13, 2017, 5:04 am

    Congrats on the job, it sounds wonderful! The whole new job adjustment phase stresses me out, too – here’s hoping things come together real soon.

  • Jeanne November 13, 2017, 9:38 am

    It is fun working in a library. Congratulations! I’d like to see your bangs, and sometime soon we need a photo of Hannah, too.

  • Michelle November 13, 2017, 10:50 am

    Congratulations on the new job!! It sounds just about perfect. I hope you smooth out the rough edges of time management and adjust to a new routine soon, but more importantly, I wish you nothing but success in your new endeavor!

  • nancy s November 13, 2017, 12:15 pm

    Congratulations on the new job! Working in a library, for me, seems like it would be both wonderful and challenging (controlling the number of books you take out)…..but it sounds like a great opportunity.

  • Kayo November 14, 2017, 6:38 am

    Congrats on the new job! I’m envious that your working in a library. Enjoy!

  • iliana November 14, 2017, 11:42 am

    Congratulations on the new job! It is exhausting to look for a new one and then start a new job with all that you have to learn but you are going to do great!

  • Lisa November 16, 2017, 4:49 pm

    Congrats on the new job!

  • Deanna Weniger November 17, 2017, 11:06 pm

    Congrats, Kim! Sounds like the perfect job for you! I have some news too…I got hired at the Pioneer Press! And I saw Matt the other day. He writes for the strib. I still miss Farmington, though, and our little office. We were turning into a pretty good team, I thought.

  • Care November 18, 2017, 8:32 pm

    Congrats! I have a new job, too. It’s going pretty well and yes, transition to a new schedule/new place has been … a challenge. I hope to get back to blogging soon.

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey November 19, 2017, 4:19 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying your new job, which does sound like a bookworm’s dream, even if the transition is a bit rough. I’ve definitely gotten better at not beating myself up about blogging more and less as my life changes and I’m glad you’re not giving yourself too hard of a time either 🙂

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