Ever have a day when you’re looking at your to-do list wondering where to start? Or you’ve been puzzling over the same wording of a policy for a week? Walk away from your desk and do something physical.

I’m not necessarily talking about donning your leotard and jazzercizing, here, though that might be an option. I’m talking about doing a little manual labor around your library. When I’m feeling bogged down, I get up and process a new library item, or pull off old community bulletin board postings. Maybe there’s a small shifting project that will take five minutes, or some new books to be put on display; go for it! You’ll be surprised how mind-clearing it is to start and finish a small project in the space of a few minutes.

Kelly Bennett


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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