Friday, December 10, 2010

a farewell post. sad day. : (

well guys, this is our last day here at our internship, so, unfortunately, this is the last time you'll hear from us on the blog. we have had so much fun and have learned so much this semester. This opportunity has been so great for the both us and we are so grateful that it was given to us. some of you may be thinking, what?! what about the blog????. have no fears, sweet friends! there are definitely plans to keep the blog alive. the blog may change a bit, but only for the better! we're both really excited to see how this little project expands. as for now, though, the blog will be down until early next year. so, until then, just enjoy the holiday season!

to the ladies working in college relations:
we really love you guys and are so glad we've gotten to know you all! please stay in touch! friend us on facebook (seriously)! we're gonna miss you guys big time. thank you so so so so soooooooo much for this great opportunity. we both really appreciate it.


(peace guys!)

(haha, one last photo of the two crazies.)

Interview with Suzanne Sherry, Digital Services Specialist in the Midlo Library

How long have you worked at John Tyler?
I’ve worked here for four and a half years, but I started as a part time person. When I was in library school, I had a friend that worked at Chester and she told me about the job, so I walked in and was interviewed. It was a good match. I like students and it’s not a disturbance if they want to ask me questions. There are no dumb questions. It’s the reason I am employed. I’ve only been full time for about six months though. It’s really fun. 
Have you always been a librarian?
I’ve worked in the technology industry. I worked for a tiny internet start up.  There were five employees. It’s crazy to think when google started. It blew everyones’ mind. I was also a pet sitter. That was a lot of fun. I like dogs a lot. 
What made you want to become a librarian?
I taught myself to read when I was three. That has been my one thing that I have always been good at and I always read a lot and spent a lot of time at the library. So, I thought while I’m a stay at home mom, Ill go to library school. It was a natural fit. 
What do you like the most about the library here at John Tyler?
Hmm. I don’t know. I mean, we have a good crew of people. Our team is good. The building is fabulous. We always try to new things. The students are really nice. It’s very diverse here. We have a lot of students from around the country with different backgrounds. There’s a lot of variety. 
Where did you grow up?
I actually went to Midlothian high school. I used to work at the Midlothian Public Library in high school. That was my after school job. So, I grew up here. But, I’ve lived other places. I’ve lived abroad in Ireland. That’s where I met my husband. 
How old are your kids?
One is getting ready to be eight and one just turned eleven. So they get to read all the fun stuff right now. 
What’s your favorite genre of book?
Haha, I have no favorite. I read everything. I will say that I do not like southern realistic fiction and I don’t really like issues fiction where they take an issue and explore it. I especially like magical realism and I really like young adult, hahaha. 
What’s your favorite book?
Oh, I have a list of about a hundred. I mean, where do you start? I really like Small World by David Lodge. I read that every couple of years. I really like The Hobbit. I’ve read that about twenty times. I really like Elizabeth Zimmerman. Her stuff is really outstanding. I really like Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, that’s one of my favorite all time books and The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. 
Also, Mrs. Sherry later sent us a list of her top twenty or so books….
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Barrytown Trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van) by Roddy Doyle
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Small World and Nice Work by David Lodge
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life the Universe and Everything, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish) by Douglas Adams
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Diamond Age and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Wild Designs by Katie Fforde
Harry Potter Series (Always an adventure, no matter how many times I read it.)
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (he is great for reluctant readers and kids who have a tough time at school)
Amy Tan
Isabel Allende
Elizabeth Zimmermann
Plus, if you’re interested feel free to friend her on Goodreads. Here’s the link for her profile:
What do you love most about your job?
Oh, I don’t know. I guess being around the books all the time is a real soothing thing. Does that makes sense? That’s one part. But I really like helping people out with the resources. Give them the bridge that they need. Even something simple like giving someone a library card. 
Outside of work, what hobbies do you have?
Well, I knit and I dug up my front yard and planted vegetables this year. Um, and you know, mom’s taxi service. Everyone has to go to scouts and soccer and stuff and we travel quite a bit. We hiked in Yellow Stone! But reading is definitely the right job for me. 
Tell us about your red shoes.....
The red shoes! You know, when I interviewed for this full time job that was the only shoe I could find that fit at DSW and so, I wore those and I have gotten so many comments on those shoes when they were just a happy, clearance, 20% off accident. 
What do you look forward to the most about the Holidays?
A long vacation. I think everybody does. It makes a big difference. You come back really refreshed. 

And don't forget!...

"Midlothian has a book club that meets once a month. We choose what we want to read and discuss. Our book for January is Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind. I’ll post the meeting times on LibrarySpace and on Facebook; anyone is welcome to come and join the discussion! We will also be picking the next batch of books at the January meeting." -Mrs. Sherry. : )

survivor. jtcc edition.....last week.

so it may not be summer, but you're sooooooooooooooooooooooo close to a break.

you can do it!

Friday, December 3, 2010

all i have to say is...


can i get a hollah up in the hizzouse???
i think so. 

anyone have any fun plans for the weekend?
one idea might be to get an early start on studying for exams. ; )
you can use this post for help, if ya want. 
or you could maybe try out a new study place from this. 
also, the weather this weekend is supposed to be wonderful! a bit chilly, but it is december after all! maybe studying/picnic at the park!
just throwin some ideas out.

: )

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

places we like to study.

Hey there! With everyone getting ready to study for exams, we thought it'd be fun to do a post on some places we like to go to study and do homework in the Richmond area.

First up, your standard Starbucks. Starbucks is great because it's fairly quiet depending on which one you go to and they're everywhere. So, no matter where you are, you should be able to find a Starbucks. Plus, you can of course get yourself a drink and a nice little treat.Annemarie's favorite one is the one downtown at Robinson and Stuart. It's usually pretty quiet and chill there....just not on a Sunday morning. 

Another place we love is Ellwood's Cafe. It's probably not a good idea to go here until late afternoon if you're planning on studying as it's a pretty hoppin' place. However, if you can get a spot sitting outside, you're golden. Also, on the nights that they are open later, that's probably a good time to go. 

Crossroads. We love that place. They not only serve the typical coffee and tea but also ICE CREAM! Let's be honest, who doesn't like ice cream? It is my weakness, I must admit. This is a great spot to plop down for a few hours and study hard over a cup of joe and/or ;) ice cream. You can also sit outside and if you are lucky you can snag the cute little bench on the grassy spot out back! Here is the link to the website. There are two locations:

26 N. Morris Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

3600 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23225

Urban Farmhouse is another favorite of Annemarie's. If you go after two then you are set up for a great little time out. There is a plethora of snacks and drinks to choose from and the atmosphere is great for those who absolutely love Richmond. And if you don't love Richmond, maybe you should try this place out. It may change your opinion! ;)

And last but not least! Barnes and Noble! The great thing about this place is that you don't have to pay for anything. That means that you can walk in, sit down, grab whatever books you need AND get free WiFi! That's my kinda place! Just google "Barns and Noble richmond va locations" and find the one closest to you!

That's all for now! We hope that this helps you with studying for finals! 

Annemarie and Heather

survivor. jtcc edition. week twelve.

this week's topic: surviving the exams, of course.

tip #1: don't wait until the night before to study...duh.

tip #2: make sure you have all of your previous tests from the class your studying for. then, study, study, study those old tests especially the questions that you originally got wrong. check with the teacher or other students to make sure that you now have the correct answer.

tip #3: get a study buddy. this could be someone from your class or even someone who's just really good at the subject. trust me this helps AND makes the time much more enjoyable.

tip #4: take breaks. don't try to just plug through for like four hours straight. that's not fun and will just burn you out. maybe study for an hour then take a small break. whatever suits you.

tip #5: for me, it helps to change up my scenery. i can't focus in the same place for a long time. things just get boring. so sometimes i'll just go sit at barnes and noble or a coffee place or whatever (more on that later).

tip #6: treat yourself. have a nice cup of coffee or tea or even a cookie to start off your studying on a good note.

tip #7: make notecards. that way you're writing AND reading the info, which will really help it stick.

cool cool guys! happy studying.... : p

p.s. hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving!