Job Update

By now, I’m sure you all wait breathlessly for the updates about the revolving door that is my professional career. Here’s the skinny.

Last Friday was my last day at LEPL. I finished working at 1:45, by 2:00pm my email was disconnected. Wow. Talk about “don’t let the door hit you in the ass” hmm? Whatever. I’m still letting go, but it’s time to move on.

And, as it happened, Saturday was my last day at Mimi, wedding season is officially over.

Somehow, as things turned out, I ended up losing TWO jobs last week!

Then, in a burst of strangeness that only I can ever accomplish, I managed to get offered a substitute position in one of the county systems. And I scheduled the first day of training for Saturday, before my last wedding.

So I gained a job last week.

I went from three jobs to one job to two jobs, in one week. Actually, no, that’s not accurate. I went from three jobs to two jobs to three jobs to two jobs. And there I sit, comfortably ensconced in two jobs. Of course, I’ve already got feelers out for a third; another sub job in a different county.

Glutton for punishment?

No, actually. Subbing in a library is much like being a substitute teacher. You get called to fill in at this branch, this day, this time. You can turn it down if you’re busy or it doesn’t fit your schedule, or if you don’t like that branch or whatever the case may be. You are not locked in to any hours. So I can pick up as many or as few shifts as I want. I like the freedom of being able to choose. So I can keep busy and make money, but not kill myself like I did over the summer/fall this year.

And this also has the advantage of giving me connections and added public library experience. Hopefully it will mean that when a job opens up in the public system, I will have a foot in and be a stronger candidate.

I’m all about moving forward these days. Plan for the future. The dream was great, but it’s over now. I’m going to try a little more practicality and see how that hits me.

The good news? If you’ve heard me say, “I can’t, I’m too busy” ask me again now. Time is on my side.


Well, just like that, the dream job is over.

This morning, I resigned as the director of the Lake Elmo Public Library. I imagine this is pretty shocking news, unless you’ve talked to me in the last couple weeks.

I’ll tell you what, it’s shocking news for me. I tried everything I could think of to make this work but I just wasn’t able.

I don’t really want to go into much detail here, if you want the full story, just call me or email me and I’ll tell you, it’s not a secret. The short version is this.

They promised me they would make me full time, which is why I was willing to kill myself these last four months; working to make this happen. Just under two weeks ago, they reneged on that promise. They made it clear to me they would not be hiring me full time, probably not ever.

It’s incredibly disappointing. I’m very sad today. However, I’ve realized I can’t make this be the job I wanted. The job, the people, the library, they are exactly as they are. There was no room for change. I tried my best to make this match my vision and it just wouldn’t bend. So I had to face the fact that no matter how good this job looked, it was simply not the job I wanted it to be. And I had to let it go.

Regardless of this bitter ending, I am leaving this job with my integrity intact and a healthy dose of pride for what I accomplished.

In under three months, with no staff, limited support (no one with library experience), and no money, I managed to launch a public library. It’s a rare and incredible feat and I’m very proud of what I did. On main street in downtown Lake Elmo, there stands a little library. It’s quaint and charming, a testament to the community and to the volunteers who pitched in with the time and love. Mostly, it is a testament to me. The director who worked, often beyond the hours for which I was paid, to build this little library from nothing.

No matter how it ended, you will always be able to visit that library and know that I was the one who built it. I was the one that made an empty shell of a building into a library.

I did that. And that is what I am taking from this experience. My last official day is Friday. Until then, for just a few more days, you’re welcome to still call me Madame Director.

Catching Up

I now have a to-do list for blogging. Scary. But I am going to forget the things I want to say if I don’t write them down, so I made a list. It’s a long list. I’m very behind at blogging. I wish I felt worse about that, but it’s an easy thing to let slide.

At any rate, as an idea of how busy I’ve been, last week, I took a week’s vacation from my day job in order to officially open the LEPL, and ended up working 42 hours. 42 hours with a week’s vacation. And I didn’t have a wedding. Awesome.

The good news is, LEPL is officially open for business. My thanks to those of you who stopped in last week to let my volunteers practice issuing cards and checking out books. I hope you were impressed with the library. It’s been a huge learning process for me to have a library open and ready for business. I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished and what our incredible volunteers have managed to do.

Aside from that, not too much new, due to the job situation, but I do have some forthcoming blogs that will catch you up on my summer.

Thanks for the patience.


For those of you who have been following my ongoing meteoric rise to celebrity status, did you see me in the paper a couple weeks ago?

I’ve been meaning to blog this for some time; and to give the whole story, but who has time for that? Instead, I’ll just link the online article here.

And yes, that is my car in front and a week after that photo was taken we got the books on the shelves.