Photographers talk about the “golden hour,” that special time of the day when the light is perfect for taking beautiful pictures. In the library, there’s a time like that every day, too. I like to call it “wacky hour”. It’s that time – around 3 or 4pm – when everyone kinda loses focus and gets goofy. This used to be disconcerting to me. “Why can’t I focus?” or “Man, I just wasted 30 minutes recapping last night’s episode of ‘New Girl!'” Now, I embrace it…with a dance party! A favorite around my library is George Michael’s “Faith”. Clocking in at less than 4 minutes, it’s a perfect break that let’s people let loose some of that goofy energy, laugh and then refocus. Give it a shot the next time you’re feeling your and your co-workers’ productivity waning. Limit it to one song and let different people play DJ for variety.

Kelly Bennett

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Kelly Bennett has worked in libraries for nearly half of her life. She is the Head of Circulation at Ferndale Public Library, where she also purchases music, curates a local music collection and runs a monthly rock concert series, First Stop Friday. She has presented on her music programming at the Michigan Library Association annual conference and at Public Library Association's national conference. Follow her @stomper4x4 and check out her blog http://780s.blogspot.com/ for more information about her concert series and music collection.

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