I went up to Main Library in Charlotte yesterday for a team interview. I think it went pretty good. I'm intrigued by which branches are hiring. Turns out there are 3 openings,one of which is a bit too far for me. The other two are both 42 minute drives according Mapquest. They are both mainly I think in African American areas--which is fine. One of them I've been to--it used to be 'my library' when I first moved to Charlotte. Its nice place, attached to a middle school. The other one I have not been to but I am going to go check it out Monday. They are having a community event there as the building is about to be completely remodeled. If I were hired at that branch I would likely work at some other place for maybe a year, maybe float like I did when I first worked for the library--which is fine. I hear it will be a fabulous place when its done. I'm leaning toward being more interested in that branch--if I were to be hired and if I had a choice.
My chances are pretty good-- its not a 'done deal' by any stretch--but I think I have a good chance. They are hiring 3, the first round of interviews will be 15 candidates. I was told I was the first selected and came "very highly recommended" that sure helps!
One of the team members who interviewed me was actually my old boss from the circulation department! Kind of an Ace up my sleeve eh? I know he was trying to be impartial, but I also know he is rooting for me. That felt good.
This morning I sent the Team leader an email thanking her for the interview and inquiring about Monday's event at the branch that is going to be remodeled. I'd like to learn more about the history of the library--and I am interested in the history of African Americans in our area, as well as of the native Catawba and Waxhaw Native American groups and the various immigrants here. I have been learning bits and pieces about this area ever since we moved to Charlotte. I love to do that! When we lived in Fargo I delved into the history there as well and to the natural history of the prairie. I found a quote from an old book when I was studying Prairie wildlife back then:
"The surest road to contentment would be by gaining acquaintance with the new environment." ~ Melvin Gilmore ('The Use of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region' 1914)
I kept that in one of my journals and have lived by it ever since. I just believe you always are more content when you learn more about the things and people around you.
Maybe this is one reason I am a good fit for library work--I love to learn and I love to facilitate learning for other folks as well. I BELIEVE in libraries.
Now about that last job--I also believe in quality good grocery stores--but apparently I still am not terribly content as a cashier. I guess I feel I have more to offer than 'paper or plastic'. Folks should do what they are suited to I think--if they can-- I qualify that because I know sometimes we don't have choices in life.
For me its a matter of knowing what choices I do and don't have. Some things I can change--some I 'work around'--er--'accept'. ;)
Well anyhow it will be a couple/few weeks at least before the final candidates are selected for 2ND interviews. In the meantime I have plenty of other things to do.
Today I am grinding pork butts for sausage and making some beef roast and potatoes and gravy--which I will likely make early and let folks eat hot or cold as they prefer. I don't cook so much for 'mealtime' anymore with all these grown folks in my house. All I know is I put the food in the fridge and by the next day --most of its gone. Its like magic!
I'm kind of excited about the possible library job--but I know if it doesn't happen some other door will open that is right for me. Do you ever feel that way? Like you just know you are meant for something and it will come about somehow?
We shall see... ~ smile~