Weekend Coffee Share: Training Wheels

If we were having coffee, we’d be cross-legged on the carpet wearing sweatshirts, sweaters, or flannels–take your pick!  The past few days have been rainy and cool.  It’s a welcome relief from the usual August heat and humidity.  Summers in Minnesota are so short.  I feel like I should be soaking in the sunshine and enjoying the chance to wear shorts.  Really, though, all I want is fall to come.  I’m ready for flannels, sweaters, leggings, scarves, and boots again.  I’m ready for crisp mornings and the smell of falling leaves.

In the meantime, the cool mornings have helped me be really productive.  I’ve been able to complete several of the small, around-the-house tasks I’ve been putting off for weeks.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my first week at the new job went very well!  I feel like I hit the jackpot of first real-adult jobs.  My supervisor has been taking very good care of me.  For training, I had a couple days with staff at the headquarters of the library system where I learned all about policies, procedures, circulation software, technology, kids programming, etc.  The other days, I visited other libraries in the system.  Some were big, some were small.  It was a great chance to see how things were done in different places and get practice.  I really appreciated getting the chance to meet other librarians and learn from them.  Everyone I have meet so far has been so friendly, welcoming, and helpful.  Even though the library where I will work is very small, I am not alone.  Help is always a call away and the list of people willing to offer assistance is quite long.

My employers have been great at easing me into being a librarian.  Even though training week is officially done, my training wheels are still on.  My assistant (who normally works only nine hours a week), will be at the library with me all this week to help me learn the rhythm of things.

To top it all off, I’ve been really enjoying my new work.  I have yet to feel anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed–which is impressive because I’ve had a LOT of information dumped on me over the past week.  I know that hard days will come, but for now, I’m really thankful things are going smoothly.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that apple season is coming!  My family owns an apple orchard, you see, and fall is the busiest time of the year.  We’ve already started cleaning things and inventory for the store comes in the mail every day.  Since I have my own job now, I am not super involved with all the work.  But I will be helping out here and there when I have time.

It’s time to turn things over to you–how has your week been?  What would you share over coffee?

This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part Time Monster

4 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Training Wheels

  1. trentpmcd August 21, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Cool about the new library job. Some people are just great to work for and this library system sounds like a winner.

    • Amelia August 24, 2016 / 9:32 am

      Thanks! I’m really thankful to have such a good situation with my first real job. Not everyone is this lucky!

  2. brittabottle August 21, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    So glad to hear you are settling into your job well! How exciting! I’m sure it will be a bit of a learning curve for the first few months, but it sounds like you’re in good hands when it comes to training.

    Ahh, can’t wait to hear more about Apple Season on your family’s farm (even if it is less prominent coverage than that of last year)! Your Instagram pictures and blog posts last year made me quite nostalgic for fall when I was in Thailand and photos this year will probably make me nostalgic for a rural atmosphere now that I live in a city. I wonder if there are any apple orchards within a couple hours driving distance of DC–hmm, perhaps I should look into that…

    • Amelia August 24, 2016 / 9:36 am

      Thanks, Britta! I’m definitely on a learning curve, but it hasn’t been overwhelming. I’m really thankful to have worked in libraries before, so the situation is familiar. It’s also a very small library, so any problems that arise won’t be on a very large scale.
      I will be sure to post more about apple season as it approaches! I was so involved last year–it’s going to be weird living here and not being on the front lines every day. But, that just means I can enjoy the apples all the more because I won’t get sick of them. 🙂 I hope you’re able to find an orchard near DC–I’m sure there are several!

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