Today is my last official day of my J-Term class. I thought this month would never end in the best way possible. I’ve loved my class, touring different libraries in the Chicagoland area and actually learning how libraries work. I was actually inspired by the class to consider becoming a librarian. This conclusion of J-Term is very bittersweet. It’s a little bit of relief to be able to relax and not have to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch the Metra, but at the same time, I’m going to miss it.
Here are some of my favorite library moments:
The Rare Collections Room at the Chicago Botanical Gardens was amazing. Ideally, if I became a librarian I would love to work in rare collections. These are a couple pictures of some of the hundreds of years old books.
An adorable picture of me sitting on the Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Schaumburg Public Library. The children’s section is amazing and really cute.
A shelfie of me at the Chicago History Museum Archives. This was exciting for me mostly because Eric Larson visited here to do research for one of my favorite books, Devil in the WhiteCity (which is a nonfiction book about a serial killer active during the Chicago’s World Fair at the turn of the century).
The scariest Ronald McDonald I’ve ever seen at the Golden Arch Archives. It’s about seven or eight feet tall and it is terrifying. So glad its voicebox is broken.
Overall, I’m really going to miss all the traveling we did, and as an out-of-state student, it really helped familiarize me with the Chicago public transportation system, which I’m eternally grateful for. I highly recommend taking The Great Libraries of Chicago during J-Term.