It is a sad truth that knitters must have day jobs. Or, in the case of some, night jobs. As much as we would like to wallow in fiber all day, knitting and drinking coffee and tea and wine, watching movies, chatting, eating chocolate and thinking deep thoughts, there are bills to be paid and Sugar Daddies -- even if we wanted one -- are thin on the ground.
In my effort to keep you all well-informed about me-me-me (that IS what it's all about, right?) I thought you might like to see what I've been doing for money since September.
My tax accountant job occupies me only a piece of the year, [generally] from late January until April 15, so the rest of my time is available for other activities. Since we moved to rural WI in 1999 I've dabbled in being a librarian. At first I volunteered one afternoon a week, then the library board decided to pay me minimum wage to do interlibrary loan. It was on-line, and the other librarians -- neither of whom would ever see 70 again -- didn't know how to *run* the computer. One thing led to another, and I have actually applied for the directorship of three different libraries in the county. Luckily for everyone, all three library boards decided to hire someone more qualified for the jobs.
The director of the county library is a good friend. She has been dreadfully short-staffed for a couple years and asked if I would be a part-time temp, so I've been helping out there since September. My main task has been cataloging their kits. They have about a hundred kits, each one designed around a theme and containing some combination of books, videos, audiobooks, music, puppets, posters, and other items. They are intended for use by educators -- teachers, home-schoolers, day-care providers. My friend is a great grant-writer, and although her budget is embarassingly tight, she has managed to get funding from a couple corporate sponsors. The kits had been moldering in the basement of their building among the rats and spiders until she discovered them. With the grants her former youth librarian improved and added to the kits, but that youth librarian left before the kits could be cataloged or marketed to their intended audience.
Enter me. (Cue trumpets)
I have made an inventory sheet for each kit, complete with color photograph of the contents, and bar-coded it so that the kit could be listed in our on-line catalog like this. Each sheet is laminated and will be attached -- somehow, we're still figuring that out -- to the Rubbermaid tote that contains its kit.
Summer I Mammals
Polar Regions. Summer II
I report for duty at the accounting firm next week, and I'm nearly done with the cataloging. Then we'll print out a complete set of the inventory sheets, have them copied, and create a 3-ring binder for each library, day care, and school in the county that wants one to have for reference.
The kits will start flying off the shelves, and the $thou$and$ that is invested in them will start to pay off. My job will be done.