the trust to find my own projects. At both jobs, I’m encouraged to think of things that need doing, then tackle them. That’s huge.
the overall patience of our patrons. Sure, we occasionally get crazies (like the guy who thought the dinosaur picture books should be in the adult section because “adults like dinosaurs, too,” and also he should be first in line), but by and large, the people in our community are really kind and easygoing. I don’t know how patient I would be if my computer spontaneously turned off in the middle of filling out a job application, but people are generally really nice. It’s a blessing.
finding the coolest books. I don’t get to read much on my job, except at break, or during the Epic Shredding Bout of 2011, but I bring home a lot of great loot.
my coworkers. Nearly everyone was so gracious in teaching me when I first started this spring, and I can’t remember ever being yelled at, even when I’ve maybe deserved. And the other girl who started at the same time has helped keep me sane on tough days — look, she even let me interview her for my library blog.
snacks. I will always love a workplace where coworkers bring food to share. Any place where there’s a chance I can forage a doughnut is a welcome treat for me.
relaxed dress code. Sometimes I miss that Mon-Thurs I really can’t wear sophisticated work clothes because I do so much bending and shelving and carrying, but most of the time, I’m grateful that I can wake up and throw on jeans.