Saturday, October 09, 2010

Boots on the Ground

Observations and questions from a week in different junior high and elementary libraries.

Sign you are in a great junior high school library.
  • Post it notes with the release dates of new books stuck to the window above the librarian's computer!
  • ALL the books of a series are in the collection
  • Note left for librarian: Dear (librarian), you have a GREAT collection. You have every book I looked for in the OPAC!
    (wonders, does she read BookMoot.com?)
Fairest
At the desk and in the stacks

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Student: "Do you have any more books by this author?" (Gail Carson Levine)

Me: Ooooh is that Fairest?
Student: "You've read it? It is sooooo... good!"
Us: (fan girl squeals)

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Student:
"Can you help me find something to read?
I'd like it to be a book with other books that follow it."
Me: (frustrated grumbling) So many Book "1"s of series checked-out.
Student: "I don't want to start with Book 2"
Me: I don't like that either. How about finding an author to follow, even if they don't write series books?
Student: OK.
The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings Series, Part 3)____________________

Student:
"Is Return of the King checked out?"
Me: hmm...Yes.
Student: I'm reading Two Towers now. It is sort of hard to keep track of all the characters.
Me: I know. When I read the books for the first time (whispers) I skipped all the songs.
Student: "I'm skipping the songs TOO!"
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Teacher@Library #1:  Do you know how to get pictures off a camera?
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Student:
"Can you help me find some realistic fiction?"
Me: Is this for your genre dog tag?
Student: Yes.
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Student: "Can you help me find some historical fiction?"
Me: Is this for your genre dog tag?
Student: Yes.
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Student: "Can you help me find some fantasy books"
Me: Is this for your genre dog tag?
Student: Yes.
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Note left for librarian:
Dear (librarian), some lessons on Genres might be a fun for your students.
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Student:  "Where are the books on WWII?"
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Student:  "Are we allowed to read the newspaper?"
OH YES!

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Free Fall
Parent:
"Is this a good book to read to a class?"
Me: "Well, that is by David Wiesner and there are no words in that one, the story is told in pictures. Is that ok? What grade?
Parent:  Oh, no, I want to read.  Third grade.
June 29, 1999
Me: This Wiesner is fun as a read-aloud.  June 29, 1999






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Student: "When is the book fair?"
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Student: "Where are the comic books?"
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Me: "Holy cow, the Car Section is a wreck!"
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Teacher@Library #2:  Do you know how to get pictures off a camera?

3 comments:

Sockbug said...

You know, that sounds like a fantastic job!

tanita davis said...

DITTO. I was just going to say, except for the whole pictures-off-camera thing, it sounds like you have the COOLEST JOB.

Camille said...

At least now two more teachers know how to find the pictures on their cameras. sigh. Maybe they will teach two more people and they can teach two more...