The Slog Days of Summer
Those last one-to-two weeks of your summer reading program. Will it EVAH end?
Getting to burn-out stage. Double desk shifts. Covering for ALA attendance or vacations or sick time. Needing to work on upcoming fall initiatives but idea energy is low. So busy that sharing information on upcoming plans and changes slips through the cracks ("You did what?!?!). Second guessing programs that had low attendance. Irritation levels with patrons and co-workers creeping up.
Decorations starting to get tattered. Daily maximum capacity for hours at a time beginning to wear thin. People complaining about not enough computers, not enough seating and when is it quiet? The boat has now reached active staff-stink-eye-hate.
Are very bored. Daycare groups can barely control behaviors and after hours each day working for minimum wage have developed the "thousand yard stare". Fewer kids maintain their involvement in SLP. Ennui has settled in.
Have.Had.It. When is this thing called school starting? Easily irritated and sometimes actively testy with staffers. Giving a little love but not as much as usual.
What's to do?
Take a deep breath, find that calm center and bring back a little sparkle and magic within yourself to the surface. Actively approach your co-workers and patrons with a bit more kindness, a bit more patience and a healthy dose of humor.
Then start the count-down and know that the end is in sight. Treat yourself and your co-workers to a treat, an extra pat on the back, a favorite restaurant, cafe or tavern reward.
And keep telling yourself all things must pass and this edition of the summer library program will too.
What do you do to make it through the last weeks and find or keep your mojo?