Welcome to my blog. I am Anne Robinson, in my 60s and also known online as “The Librain” (explanation below). From as long ago as I can remember, I loved libraries and wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. A lovely Library Assistant at the public library, The Beaney, in Canterbury was my inspiration and I wished to be just like her – she seemed very glamorous and was kind to me when I was little.
So I trained to be a Librarian, via degrees in Ancient History and Archaeology, and became a school librarian on and off from 1982 until I retired in 2014. The “off” bit was seven years at home bringing up our two sons. If you are at all interested in my career, I have written a page about that – My career.
Over the years I worked with many brilliant teachers, librarians and students. Some students could not spell “librarian” properly and so I have called the blog “The Librain” after my favourite version! Better than “Liberian” anyway. I was also “The_Librain” on Twitter – I followed librarians and educators from all over the world, however, since I retired, I have moved away from Twitter and have become addicted to Facebook instead where I can keep up with friends.
As I have a chronic illness, well rather a set of chronic conditions, and severe depression, I struggle daily to even get out of bed. Most days I manage to go downstairs for a few hours and I try to wear something other than tatty old clothes, mainly to cheer myself up! Occasionally, Lovely Husband manages to take me out for a while, although we don’t generally get very far. I count myself as very lucky that I have LH, who also suffers from a disability and with his health, and two gorgeous twenty-something sons. Elder Son has autism and learning difficulties and has come on so far that he holds down a part-time job working in a café. Younger Son has degrees coming out of his ears but is struggling to find full-time work. They are all brilliant and do their best to look after me and one another, but family life can often be a struggle.
I started the original “The Librain” blog so that I could track my research, thoughts and ideas about the future of school libraries. Now that I am no longer working, I decided to move and adapt the blog to record my life as a retired person, battling with chronic illness, and also write about the more frivolous aspects such as scarves and clothes. But I will always be a librarian in my heart!
Please note that I write about clothes and accessories purely for my own amusement, and hopefully that of my readers. I am not a style and fashion blogger, but just talk about my own clothes and sometimes new items as I purchase them. I have no intention of or interest in endorsing any particular brands or making any money from this blog!