Hello from the Jolly Librarian!

The Mayfield Library is always looking for ways to let you know what’s going on with us, so we can serve you better. To better achieve that aim, we’re starting this library blog.

As we communicate with you, please keep in touch with us. We welcome all feedback.

After all, the Mayfield Library is here for you!

Monday Motivator: Not Perfect? So What!

Last week, I was taking out my garbage when I met my neighbor walking his dog whose head was encased in one of those cones that dogs are forced to wear after medical procedures. Sophie, a white fluffy dog, had been bitten by a chigger and couldn’t stop scratching, so she was being forced to wear the cone of shame.

Still, this did not keep her from jumping on me, letting me  pet her, and basically just having a good time. As I went back inside, I remembered an article I read years ago that stated that if people acted more like dogs, our relationships would be a lot better. Dogs don’t play hard to get. They don’t hide their feelings. They are grateful for attention and show it.

And they absolutely don’t care if they have a cone around their head. They are still going to love you. I watch a lot of Animal Planet and I have seen dogs lose eyes, legs, and tails, and they still greet everyone with the same amount of enthusiasm. They don’t worry if their tummy is poochy or their three-legged run looks stupid. They keep on enjoying life.

If we’re looking for a relationship or self-esteem guru, we could do a lot worse than look to the dog.



Words of Wisdom from the Jolly Librarian

Visit your instructor during office hours.


Words of Wisdom from the Jolly Librarian

Buy your textbooks!

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Monday Motivator: Mark a New Beginning

Because I’ve spent my entire life in academic settings, I mark my life in terms of semesters. For me, there are several beginnings each year, but there is something special about the start of fall semester: There are new students and faculty, and it’s nice to run into folks I’ve haven’t seen since May.

When you were a kid, you probably marked the beginning of school with new notebooks, pencils, a backpack, maybe even some new clothes. I think we should do the same as adults. Let’s remind ourselves that we really are beginning something new and not just going about another day at work or school.

I start each semester with one or all of the following:

  • a pretty notebook. I’m especially partial to one with flowers on the cover.
  • a new set of gel pens. (Purple, purple, and more purple)
  • a new purse. (Okay, that might be more often than the beginning of the school year.)

But most of all, I try to bring a new attitude. Because although it may be the millionth time I’ve told someone where the “A” Building is located, it is the first time this student has asked. I try to look at the day through the  eyes of that new student: how strange and a little scary everything must appear. When I can do that, I find myself being more patient and intent on being one of the positive aspects of the student’s first day at college.

Here’s to a happy and productive academic year to us all!




Preparing for a New Semester

How about a new hairdo?

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Words of Wisdom from the Jolly Librarian

A little exercise can improve your outlook!


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Words of Wisdom from the Jolly Librarian

Before the semester starts, declutter your space so that you can concentrate on the important things.

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