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Hi, everybody. I'm Kim from Illinois, a library technician, substitute teacher's aid, book nerd and comic geek. This is my fourth year participating in this comm, and it only gets better every year. My e-mail address is kgyorkos(at)gmail(dot)com if anyone needs to contact me about something on my list.

1. The courage to get my MLS. I've been working at my city's public library for five and a half years. When I was in high school I briefly entertained the idea of getting my library degree but ultimately decided to get my bachelor's in English when I went to college. I love working at my library and so getting my MLS seems like the next step. I just need the motivation to get off my butt and do it.

2. Bookmarks. It always seems like I have more books than I have bookmarks. Any kind are welcome, although I do prefer tasseled bookmarks with no beads or fobs on the tassels.

3. Skeleton keys. I've been collecting skeleton keys for about six years. I use them as keychain fobs, and the smaller ones make very nice bookmark fobs.

4. Monmouth College memorabilia. I'm an alumnus of Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL (Class of 2004, baby!), and it's a place that's very near and dear to my heart. Even if you're just a fellow alum who would like to share a memory or two of your time at MC, I'd love to hear it.

5. Sheet music for clarinet. I still have the clarinet I got in middle school, and I'd like to play it up again. But old IMEA scales and a couple memorized songs just don't cut it. If you've got sheet music you don't want anymore or you can just scan and e-mail, I'd welcome it.

6. Anything from my Amazon Wish List.

7. Gift cards; Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and iTunes are all equally good.

8. Adventures in Odyssey. For those unfamiliar with it, Adventures in Odyssey is a Christian-themed radio program produced by Focus on the Family that's been going strong for 20+ years. Anything related to it, I'm interested in.

9. Recommendations for religious fiction. I'm a fan of Brock & Bodie Thoene's A.D. Chronicles, so anything along the lines of religious historical fiction is good.

10. Donate to Hands Helping Haiti, an non-profit organization dedicated to the sponsorship and education of Haiti's children. Our church has been supporting of this organization for the past year and a half, including helping to raise money towards the construction of a new school in the area of Savannette. It's a wonderful mission that I'm glad to be a part of.
1, You don't have anything to lose by doing it right? Your just getting what you want all you have to do is get up and get it. If you do start and you ever want any motivation I can go ahead and give ya a kick up the but if ya PM me or something.
If you love what you do as a library tech, you really should get your MLIS! I believe that UIUC still has the top MLIS program in the nation and Illinois would be an excellent place to start your career as well (distance ed is an option with them)! You may also have a shoe-in for transitioning to a librarian position from your current position. I got my MLIS almost 2 years ago and although I chose the wrong state to work in (really low salary), I have a fantastic job at an academic library! DO IT DO IT DO IT and feel free to email me, a MLIS survivor, if you have any questions about the career or studies...or anything! emeixeira at gmail dot com
2. I can definitely send you some bookmarks! I will shoot you an email for your address.
Religious fiction, but not religious historical fiction..
9. Recommendations for religious fiction. I'm a fan of Brock & Bodie Thoene's A.D. Chronicles, so anything along the lines of religious historical fiction is good.

Religious fiction, but not religious historical fiction..
I've read a series call "Left Behind".. It's about what happens after the rapture.. Specifically, the spinoff series, Left Behind; End of State.. It is about teh political side of things.. I've read End of State, & Impeachable Offense but still have to get my hands on the third one, Necessary Evils.. They are by Nessa Hart.. I liked them so far..

I don't know about the primary series, but I imagine that since it has a spin off, I imagine it's prolly good..
Re: Religious fiction, but not religious historical fiction..
I've seen Left Behind at my library but never really gotten into it. But maybe I'll give the spin-off series a try.

I'll have to check at home but I might still have my old sheet music from MS and HS lying around! I played Clarinet as well and still have mine.
I haven't been able to check yet. PM me your email address and I will search as soon as possible and email it to you.
#1--You can do it! I have several friends who have done it and loved both the education and the jobs that resulted.
#1: I'm currently an MLS student. I've been working in an academic library for a little more than two years, and over the first year and a half, I just kept seeing sign after sign that I needed to stay in the library field.

If you want to stay in libraries, definitely do it. I know my program hasn't been too rigorous so far, and it seems like a lot of it can even be done online or distance-education (I'm at SLIS - IUPUI). So even an excuse of "there's no school near here" is not a great one. ;-)

If you've been working in a library for five years, I think you should do it. You're clearly comfortable in that working environment, and getting an MLS ... not that I've finished mine yet, but I've been told that it's not that difficult or hard or anything. So just do it! :)
I've never been to Monmouth College, but I'm quite familiar with it.

Up on Monmouth College
In 1870
Half a dozen college girls
As cute as they could be
Thought they knew the meaning
Of the word fraternity
So they bound themselves together
And they called it KKG

My sorority was founded there, quite some time ago. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face by mentioning Monmouth College.
You're welcome! I never joined a sorority myself when I was in school, but there were several girls in my dorm that were Kappas so I know the sorority fairly well.