Volume 2, Issue 9
Check Your Calendars!!
Library Card Sign-up Month 2010
SDLA Annual Conference
September 22-24, 2010. Sioux Falls.
Festival of Books
September 24-26, 2010. Sioux Falls.
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
September 25 - October 2, 2010.
2010 Indian Education Summit
September 26-28, 2010
Teen Read Week
October 17-23, 2010
National Novel Writing Month
National Gaming Day
November 13, 2010
In Focus: Sarah Easter
I was born in Elgin, Illinois. I then lived in Springfield, Illinois before the family moved to Independence, Missouri when I was eight years old. Until that time it seemed like we moved every two years; if not to a different town, just a different house. Growing up I was always in a library. To this day, my mom always wants to visit the library in whatever town she may be passing through or visiting.
Well, since I was always at the library anyway, and I could alphabetize and “Deweyize” up a storm, my mom encouraged me to work at the one nearest us. The Kansas City area is totally filled with libraries as there are multiple library systems and I became rather spoiled. So, I worked at the South Independence branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library System after graduating from high school and while going to college. I did everything from shelving books to working circulation, reference, databases, the summer reading program desk and creating book displays. I was even given the task of creating a way to track and report shelf reading for each month. Of course, the most fun was decorating the library for summer, whether it was turning ceiling support posts into trees or the service desk into a ship. I worked there over four years during which time there were many interesting happenings from the hardly exciting discovery of an empty bottle of peach vodka shoved behind books to a SWAT team trying to oust someone from the apartments across the street. But when the family moved to South Dakota, I decided to move too and we left Kansas City behind after spending 15 years in one place.
Naturally, the first places we had to visit when we came to Pierre were the libraries. And somehow I ended up here at the State Library. I started as the serials technician in 2004 and learned all about ALEPH. The magazines and newspapers soon became “mine” as I kept track of subscriptions and everything else that comes along with being the serials person. But now, I am over in Administration taking care of the library’s travel and bills and payments. I now know what happens to all those serials subscriptions I used to hand over to be paid. Also, as one of the people who answer the main phone line, when you call the state library it is highly likely that the voice that answers the phone is mine - “Hi, this is the SD State Library, how may I direct your call?”
Some of the things I enjoy outside of work are playing on the church worship team, pet/house and kennel sitting, making earrings and dancing in local productions. I will be in a Nutcracker variation this December and Peter Pan in June.