Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Traveling to ALA Annual? Here is a tipping Guide from Emily Post

My husband always tells me I don't know how to tip, but he tips us into the poorhouse.  Here is Emily Post's guide to tipping.  While Librarian's don't tend to have lots of money to spare, it is expected that we treat our host city well!

For this and additional information about etiquette.  Please see the Emily Post website.

General Tipping Guidelines

When and Where and How Much

Wait service (sit down)
15-20%, pre-tax
Wait service (buffet)
10%, pre-tax
Host or Maitre d'
No obligation for greeting you and showing you to your table.
$10-$20 for going above and beyond to find you a table on a busy night or on occasion, if you are a regular patron
Take Out
No obligation
10% for extra service (curb delivery) or a large, complicated order
Home Delivery
10-15% of the bill, $2-5 for pizza delivery depending on the size of the order and difficulty of delivery 
$1-2 per drink or 15-20% of the tab
Tipping jars
No obligation
Tip occasionally if your server or barista provides a little something extra or if you are a regular customer.
Restroom Attendant
$0.50-$3, depending on the level of service
Tip when the car is returned to you.
$2 first bag, $1 per additional bag
A smile and a "thanks" when he  opens the door
$1-$4 for carrying luggage
$1-$2 for hailing cab (add an extra $1 if it's raining)
$1-$4 beyond the call of duty
$2 first bag, $1 per additional bag
$2-3 for each additional service, such as room delivery
$2-$5 per day, left daily with a note marked "Housekeeping - Thank you"
No obligation for answering questions
$5-10 for tickets or restaurant reservations
$15 for hard-to-get tickets or reservations, or 10-20% of the ticket price
Taxi driver
15-20% of the fare, but minimally $1
$2 for the first bag, $1 for the second
Hair Salon
15-20%, ask to be split among those who served you
Facial, waxing, massage

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ashley Parker-Graves - My ALA 2013 Schedule

So, I have done my best to plan out my ALA 2013 schedule and there are so many programs and events, it is hard to choose!  I have done my best to accurately depict my schedule at Annual, but as with everything library related, its important to be flexible!  Hope to see you there!  Catch me via Twitter @ashleykparker and be sure to check out the session I am co-presenting with as part of a panel "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Finding Your First Librarian Job."

Thursday, June 13, 2013

5th Annual Summer Kick-Off Carnival

So this year we hosted our 5th annual summer carnival at the library on June 1, 2013 from 9am-1pm.

In the past we gave 10 game tokens to each person who signed up for our summer reading program and those tokens could be spent on the games at the event.  We charge 25 cents for each additional token, not to make money, but to gauge traffic and encourage the kids to move around the carnival instead of spending all their tokens in one place.

We have never had a good way to estimate our attendance because we always hold it at the park next to the library and it can be entered on three sides and we allow pre-registration.

This year we had registration on the same day of the event, so we were able to track the attendance of kids via registrations and we counted adults with tally marks at the registration table. 

This was the first year we had rain.  And we had serious rain.  This didn't stop us though.  We moved the carnival inside and we parked the concession trailer in front of our main entrance.  We did have to cancel our three most popular stations: water balloon toss, jump house, and pony rides.  We were able to keep the petting zoo and move it inside.

Our attractions included: face painting, ring toss, go fish, petting zoo, musical chairs/book walk, crafts, concession stand, and pictures with the Berenstain Bears.We also sold summer reading program t-shirts and passed out summer event calendars.  

Our concession stand was stocked with donated items: hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, Grapette and Orangette Soda (the are manufactured in Malvern), and water.  All items were sold at a $1 or $0.50, primarily to ensure that food wasn't wasted.  

We staffed our event with library staff (that were not working the circulation desk) and volunteers.  It is always hard for us to get volunteers for events, but this year we had 12 volunteers, plus one volunteer who delivered the concession trailer that a local bank let us borrow.  We collected volunteer information via a google form sign-up sheet that can be found here.

My husband also helped us set up all our stations the morning of the event.  His help was extra special because he has been working 5 hours away on a night shift.  He left his job and drove straight to the library to meet me at 7:15 am (on no sleep!).

Considering the torrential downpour and the cancellation of the pony rides, I am very happy with out 191 people attendance!