Friday, June 29, 2012

The Library Monitor


The Library Monitor
In my last year of primary school i was a library Monitor - I spent my childhood reading everything i could get my hands on, and so to me, this was the most prestigious honour! (No wonder everyone thought i was such a nerd.)
Our duties were to to put books away neatly on their correct shelves and to scan the barcodes when people wanted to borrow books at lunchtime. Sometimes we abused our priveleges by photocopying our hands for fun. I remember eating many tuna sandwiches (swapped with my friend Hayley for my boring Vegemite ones) and being in love with Anthony Browne picture books at this time.
This is also dedicated to my mother whom i love so dearly, and who now works as the school librarian in that same library where i first learned to love to read.

28 comments:

  1. for real it is my dream job to become a school librarian. I'm stuck in the boring law and commerce devision at one of wellington universities at the moment. But they're still students. So it's kind of the same. And some of them are very cute. In a more manly way though.

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    1. haha, that's pretty funny!

      You should go for it! You can't perve on handsome young adult students, but I think my mum has a lot of fun in the library - doing crafts and decorating the library and making posters and ordering the most divinely illustrated books and all that jazz.
      That being said, it's hard work though. She's doing a postgrad librarian degree right now and it stesses her out big time, which is hard to see.

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    2. Yeah, I think that I need to take a couple years off uni before I do more study. I was thinking of doing a teaching diploma but man, there are no jobs for teachers in New Zealand. And to be honest I think being the librarian would be way cooler. It's the kind of thing that I'm going to look at where I'm at in like 3-4 years and then see what I feel like doing. The future seems way to far away at the moment. I'm trying to to think about it. I officially became a mid-twenties girl this year. :/ gettin' old, gettin' old!

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  2. Beautiful, her face is just stunning

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  3. Ah, takes me back! This is one intense library monitor! x

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  4. fun to read of your love of books and working in the library
    wonderful painting!

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  5. This is so sweet! And it's lovely you dedicated it to your mother :)

    ♥Sarah♥
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  6. This is truly beautiful, one of my many dream jobs is a librarian x

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  7. Caitlin, you really must post this print in your shop! As a library worker myself I think this so great and dead on, not to mention just lovely!

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    1. Thanks Crissy! (yes, i remember you work in the library! So glad that it rings true for you.)
      ... and yes, i think it'll go into my little print shop in the next few weeks.

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  8. Caitlin, this is SO gorgeous :)

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    1. Thanks Peta- glad you like my recent work. Hopefully we'll still be able to work together in the not too distant future.

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  9. I am on my way to fulfilling my dreams to be a librarian, so naturally I love this piece! Oh Caitlin, you must must must put this print in your shop! I'd love to have it! <3

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    1. Fantastic - i wish you the best of luck in becoming a librarian!

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  10. this is so cute and your librarian is just beautiful. i was the same as a little girl, i remember hiding a torch under my bed so i could read late at night after i'd been sent to bed.

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  11. This is the best! I work at a school library too, actually. I love the little phrases, I might need the print of this one!

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    1. you're a librarian too! i'm finding it quite eerie how many readers have commented saying the same thing! What an odd coincidence.

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  12. Bear Hunt by Anthony Browne was the first book I properly learned to read by myself when I was little, and it's still one of my favourites - the pictures are just so perfect!

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  13. Caitlin, as much as I love all of your work, this one truly made my heart leap! I worked at a library when I was in high school and I looked exactly like this!! Haircut and all. I also said all of these speech bubbles at one time or another. Thanks for the memories!

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    1. P.S. My mom is a librarian too!

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    2. Rachel, thanks so much, that means alot to me.

      (p.s. such strange coincidences!!!)

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  14. I used that same photo for reference a couple years ago. I'm pretty sure mine had blood in it.

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