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A day in the life of a librarian: Craig B in Grabill

by Craig B | Apr 10, 2017
National Library Week 2017


coffee-and-bookMy day at Grabill Branch Library pretty much begins and ends with coffee.  Not that I really need the caffeine, I mean, we make it so weak, I’m not sure there’s any caffeine in it.

Grabill is the smallest ACPL location if you're simply considering square footage, but we're popular.  Our circulation statistics are consistently high.  During our busiest times, the noise levels can sometimes crescendo quite excitingly.

Some of the highlights of my day at Grabill are questions about how to use Overdrive and Hoopla.  I find something very satisfying about helping customers make sense of their mobile device and gaining access to vast electronic resources in the form of ebooks (such as Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and digital music recordings (such as the new Ryan Adams album, Prisoner).

Another highlight is when new materials arrive aboard the courier truck.  It’s a little bit of Christmas every day to receive shiny new books, DVDs, and magazines to put on our shelves.  It’s even better when upon checking those new materials in, they immediately “trap” for a hold that a savvy customer has placed when they were still on order. 

One of the final highlights of my day at Grabill Branch Library is simply seeing the variety and number of folks who come into our building.  I love seeing them find what they need and leave smiling.  I sometimes envy them the sunshine they step out into but I don’t have to envy the sunshine they seem to be feeling on the inside.  I helped create that sunshine and I feel it, too!  And that's not just the caffeine talking.

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  1. Craig B | Apr 17, 2017

    Thank you, Deb!

  2. Deb | Apr 16, 2017
    Thank you, Craig, for always making me feel like such a valued guest and customer at the library!  Your warmth, kindness and competence is always appreciated!
  3. cbailey | Apr 11, 2017
    Thanks, Larry!  Glad you enjoyed the post!
  4. Larry | Apr 11, 2017
    I think Craig is the best "information concierge" in America today. 

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