Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY - The Power of YOU!

It was just last month that I celebrated my one year anniversary with The Home Depot.  I had originally applied there because they were one of the few companies that offered part-time employees health benefits (plus the single girl in me thought it might also be a great way to meet some dudes! ha ha)  So while the men turned out to be either crazy or already married and the health benefits went away at the end of the year due to Obamacare, I found that the one thing The Home Depot kept giving me was the opportunity to work as a librarian!
Starting out as a Cashier was like working the circulation desk, making sure each patron found everything they needed in the store and giving them great customer service. 

Circulation Desk, Los Feliz Library, 2009
Cashier, The Home Depot, 2013
Then as a Greeter, it was like working the reference desk, assisting patrons with information and helping them find certain products in the store.  Then if we didn't have it, showing them how easy it was to use the in-store computer to find it online.  Plus I was able to wear all of my fun outfits!  I actually got my first Homer award because a woman wrote in saying how much she loved them. 
Reference Desk, Los Feliz Library, 2009
Greeter, The Home Depot, 2013
In leading the Kids Workshop on the first Saturday of every month, I was like a Children's Librarian doing fun arts & crafts with the kids, while teaching them how to hold hammers and express themselves through paint. 
Children's Program, Los Feliz Library, 2009
Kids Workshop, The Home Depot, 2013
As Captain of the Do-It Herself Workshop, it was like book club but instead of books, we discuss how to use power tools to build storage trunks or the purpose of grouting tile for that fabulous floor.  In place of free bookmarks, the ladies get DIH gift bags and are able to take home all of the projects they make - for free!
Book Club, 2012
Do-It Herself Workshop, The Home Depot, 2014
Now as a Paint Sales Associate, I've not only learned more about the differences in paint and stains, but I've applied that knowledge to my library renovations at home!  Thanks to my experiences at The Home Depot, my card catalogue is truly one-of-a kind...a checkerboard effect to represent both the librarian and the comedian, and holds all of my sewing supplies for my literary fashion business.
Card Catalogue - Before
Card Catalogue - During
Card Catalogue - Today
The point is...I am a librarian and I will always be a librarian no matter where I work.  In addition to my job at The Home Depot, I am also a librarian promoting libraries and literacy in my literary comedy shows.  The audience are my patrons and the stage is my reference desk.  When you open yourself up to experiences outside of your comfort zone, you will always see the results in ways you never imagined.  Just last week, I performed my first non-literary parody song "The Power of Tools" and told jokes inspired by my experiences working in home improvement.  I certainly never imagined that would ever happen!  But if there is one thing I have learned over this last year it is this - YOU HAVE THE POWER so stop waiting for others to help you or realize your potential, just DO IT YOURSELF!   

Performing some home improvement comedy & "The Power of Tools" 
live at ARTpool Gallery on April 12th. For a direct link, click here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Thank You FL Antiquarian Book Fair!

I can't believe it has been one month since the 33rd Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair!  It seems I have been going nonstop ever since (mostly sewing over 20 custom orders from the fair) but I have finally forced myself to sit down for a few moments to share some of my thoughts and favorite moments...

What a fantastic weekend!  I was so proud to be the spokesperson for the book fair this year and I absolutely must thank Book Fair Manager Sarah Smith and All-Around Media Guy Allan Smith for that.  We met two years ago and discussed working together and it finally happened!  I had a blast running around St. Petersburg with Allan meeting local business owners and interviewing some of my favorite people in the community about books.  Allan did an incredible job of taking photos and shooting video footage which he later edited into videos to promote the fair online.  We worked together to publicize the fair utilizing both print and social media which resulted in the largest (and youngest) attendance at the fair in many, many years!  To view those video interviews, please visit my YouTube page here.
With Sarah Smith and Allan Smith of the Book Fair.
As spokesperson, I got the chance to open the book fair with a performance on the front steps of The Coliseum and was also featured in some of our local media where I discussed my journey into becoming the Stand-Up Librarian and my love for my hometown of St. Petersburg.  Thanks to Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay Newspapers, and Articulate Creative Pinellas for those wonderfully written articles.  You can read those pieces on my press page here.
Performing a medley of my literary parody songs
on the front steps of The Coliseum.
However, what I was most thrilled about was being an actual vendor at the fair selling my literary fashions!  I sold my first literary purse there in 2012 thanks to a wonderful woman named Edie, and I would not be still making these if it wasn't for her encouragement and support.  Thank you Edie!
With Edie in 2014.  She bought my first literary purse
in 2012 & still uses it: a cats & books fanny pack!
This year I gave her a messenger bag.
It was also a family affair at the book fair with my parents, brother, aunt and uncle helping me at my booth.  Plus, just a few days before the fair, I decided to make literary bow ties and while I knew how to sew them, it was my dad who was able to actually tie them!  So thank you Dad and to all of the people who bought them.  I sold out the first night!
With my parents at my booth on the opening night
of the book fair. Bow ties all around! 
There were so many wonderful people that I met over those three days from vendors and booksellers to miniature book collectors and aspiring librarians.  It makes me very happy to see so many different types of people come together to promote literacy and the preservation of our books.  Thanks again to everybody that bought items from Stand-Up Librarian Designs or just stopped by to stay hello.  I am so grateful.  See you next year! 
Thanks to John who bought my first bow tie...
before the fair even opened!
With Ian Kahn from Lux Mentis - a bookseller in a kilt
is a great friend for a librarian in a book skirt!
Future librarians!
Sisters Kathy and Deborah almost cleaned out my booth.
Thank you ladies!!!!!
The Coliseum filled with book lovers. Perfection!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Interview w Larry the Cable Guy, The Dali Museum, Bow Ties & Performance at Book Fair!

We are only 2 days away from The 33rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair and I have saved my best interviews for last...more on those in a minute.

First, I wanted to announce that I will be performing my literary parody songs on the steps of The Coliseum to open the book fair at 5pm on Friday night so get there early if you have ever wanted to see a librarian dance on a book cart singing about books!  To see some of my literary music videos, visit my You Tube Channel here.

"THE RAVEN is Hard to Handle"/
Edgar Allan Poe tribute
Secondly, to honor my first literary purse sale two years ago at the book fair, I will be debuting my first literary fashion accessory for men: book-print bow ties!  But let's be honest, ladies can rock these bow ties too, so stop by my Stand-Up Librarian Designs booth (#96, near the food area) to say hi and be one of the very first to own one!
Book-print bow ties will make their
debut at the book fair!
Finally, for my last two video interviews, I went to the two places I love the most: the library and the comedy stage.  It was in the mid-nineties that I met a funny guy named "Larry" in Sanford, FL who inspired me to want to try stand-up comedy.  Over 15 years later, Larry the Cable Guy is insanely famous yet he continues to make time for me to discuss jokes, the industry, and yes, the importance of reading!  I also went to The Dali Museum Library where I spent a majority of 2013 as a volunteer librarian cataloguing the entire collection.  Volunteers are such an important part of museums and libraries across the country so I wanted to speak with Pam Whiteaker (who leads that charge for The Dali) about how others can get involved with serving their community.

For a direct link to my interview with Larry the Cable Guy, click here.

For a direct link to my interview with Pam at The Dali Museum, click here.

Thanks to Larry the Cable Guy, Pam Whiteaker, and most importantly, to Sarah Smith and Allan Smith of the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair who got me involved as the spokesperson this year.  Allan and I had a blast running around St. Petersburg meeting so many book lovers and talking with them about the book fair.  To see more of our videos, please visit the Book Fair You Tube channel here

I hope everybody comes out to the book fair this weekend - we are going to have so much fun!!!

Florida Antiquariam Book Fair
March 14 - 16, 2014
The Coliseum
535 Fourth Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL

Friday: 5 - 9 pm ($10 for 3-day pass)
Saturday: 10 - 5 pm ($6 daily admission)
Sunday: 11 - 4 pm ($6 daily admission)
Free admission for children under 12 and students with ID.
Free parking.
*Proceeds from ticket sales support The St. Petersburg Public Library

Friday, March 7, 2014

Interviews with American Stage, The Palladium & ARTpool Gallery!

We are just one week away from The 33rd Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair happening at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg, FL March 14 - 16!  I hope you have enjoyed getting to know some of the incredible people that make St. Petersburg such a wonderful city to live in.  Today I have included interviews with Todd Olson, Artistic Director at American Stage Theatre Company, Paul Wilborn, Executive Director at The Palladium Theatre at SPC, and Marina Williams, Artist/Owner/Curator at ARTpool Gallery.  

For a direct link to the video with Todd at American Stage, click here.

For a direct link to the video with Paul at The Palladium, click here.

For a direct link to the video with Marina at ARTpool Gallery, click here.

I also continued my walk down Central Avenue and Beach Drive making sure to say hello to local business owners and employees.  Here are a few more that I met!

Red Cloud Indian Arts.
Savory Spice Shop.
Karen at Plain Jane has only been open 3 weeks.
Welcome to St. Pete, Karen!
Thanks to Photographer Chuck Vosburgh at The Morean
Arts Center for my Andy Warhol-style portrait!
For more information on tickets and vendors, please click on this link: The 33rd Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Interview with St. Pete. Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin

Once again, I have spent the past week out and about in my hometown of St. Petersburg promoting The 33rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair happening March 14 - 16th at the historic Coliseum.  It was with absolute joy that I was able to meet up with my best friend from Boca Ciega High School (who is now the new Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg), to talk about our love for St. Petersburg (we are both fifth-generation natives), the importance of libraries and reading (hence meeting up at The Mirror Lake Public Library), and of course, uniting the community in literacy!  Thank you, Kanika!

For a direct link to my interview with St. Pete. Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, click here.

I also continued my walk down Central Avenue and Beach Drive making sure to say hello to local business owners and employees.  Here are a few that I met!

Love the cubans at Bodega!
Support local art at The Florida Craftsman Gallery!
With Mark Ferguson at Ferg's Sports Bar -
a must before and after Rays games!
I can always find an assortment of Rooibos Tea at Hooker Tea!

For more information about the book fair, please visit www.FloridaBooksellers.com  

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Interviews with Haslam's, Tampa Bay History Center & Schakolad!

It has been a busy week promoting The 33rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair happening March 14 - 16th at the historic Coliseum. In addition to putting up book fair posters and visiting local businesses in downtown St. Petersburg, I have also had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite people in the community to learn more about them and their favorite books growing up, all with my mission to unite Tampa Bay in literacy and a love of reading!  Thanks to Ray Hinst at Haslam's bookstore, Rodney Kite-Powell at the Tampa Bay History Center, and Lori Clapp at Schakolad Chocolate Factory  - please visit them and show them your support!  

For a direct link to my interview with Ray at Haslam's, click here.

For a direct link to my interview with Rodney at the Tampa Bay History Center, click here.

For a direct link to my interview with Lori at Schakolad Chocolate Factory, click here.

With Sara & David at Brew D Licious.
Might have to adopt this Poky Little Puppy!
Putting up a book fair poster at Kilwins.
For more information about the book fair, please visit www.FloridaBooksellers.com and of course, I'm sure to keep you up to date here at www.StandUpLibrarian.com!  

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Love For The FL Antiquarian Book Fair

For a direct link of the video, click here.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! If there is one thing I love more than flowers & chocolates, it is The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair!  It has books, supports libraries, and it was the place where I sold my very first literary purse back in 2012.  I am so honored that this year they have asked me to be their official spokesperson to help promote literacy throughout Tampa Bay.

Incorporating this year’s 'Pages of Wonder' theme celebrating the enduring charm and influence of children’s literature, I will utilize the weeks leading up to the fair to unite the community thru interviews with local book lovers and appearances at some of my favorite hot spots, which will then be incorporated into a series of online videos.  

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is the oldest and largest fair of its kind in the Southeastern United States and features more than one hundred specialized dealers from all over the country.  Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic, with additional materials including maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles.  And if things couldn't get any better, I will also have a booth where my literary fashions and accessories at StandUpLibrarianDesigns.com will be available for all of you!  

The fair runs from March 14 - 16th at the historic Coliseum located at 535 Fourth Avenue North in downtown St. Petersburg with ticket sales benefiting the St Petersburg Public Library.  Money going to a library?  Jeez, this thing keeps getting better and better!

For more information and to enjoy my video interviews leading up to the fair, please visit www.FloridaBooksellers.com and of course, I'm sure to keep you up to date here at www.StandUpLibrarian.com!

Meeting Book Fair Manager Sarah Smith
at the book fair in 2013.
Joking around at the book fair in 2012
wearing the literary purse that would result
in my very first sale! I used the money to
buy that book flask.