Overheard at the library

CHHS Library Happenings:

Scene 1:

Me: Uh-oh. City of Bones is pulling ahead of Hunger Games in our March Madness Book Bracket.

Student: NOOOOOOOOO!  (Busily seeks friends to vote.)

Scene 2:

Student: I need a book I can read by Monday. And prom’s Saturday.

Me: Ok. Short. Got it.

Student: Teacher says it has to be more than 150 pages.

Me: Ok. Like sports?

Student: No.

Me: Ok. What do you like?

Student: Chaos.

Me. Ok. Hmmmm…. Have you read Fight Club?

Student: That was a book?

Me: Yes.

Student: And we have it here?

Me: Yes. Unfortunately it’s checked out right now. But I do have another book of his…

Student: Cool. I’ll take it. Thanks library lady.

Me: Good. Come back when you’re finished and we’ll find another. I’m Mrs. Frilot by the way.  (Resisted urge to tell him to be careful at prom.)

Scene 3: (In hallway near “Have You Read This? flyer near boys’ locker room)

Student 1: Yo, check this out – this book looks good!

Student 2: Dude, I’m gonna go get this one.

(Reported by a math teacher hanging out nearby. Very grateful to him for passing it along!)

Scene 4: (Teaching a class in the media center.)

Me: Photostory 3 is a cool, easy way to tell a story. It’s kind of Powerpoint meets a photo screensaver.

Students: (A librarian knows nothing about cool.)

Me: Here’s an example.

Students: (Grunts of interest and mild surprise.)

Me: (Illustrating first few steps.)

Students: (Interest building.) Huh. Pretty cool.

Me: (Yes! I’ve got ‘em. Finish illustrating. Talk about music. Show final product.)

One student: (Actually jumps up.) This is so awesome! I know what I’m going to do!

Me: (Suppressing chuckle.) A Photostory fan! Let’s get on the computers.

I cherish the day-to-day life that goes on in the media center. It is a fun, surprising, challenging place to be. There are days when I get down about the future of libraries and all that might be wasted. There are days when I get frustrated with discipline issues and old equipment. But there are days when I get to teach. There are days when I get to brainstorm with teachers or students. And there are days I help good kids learn new things. There’s just not much better than that.

Holly Frilot

Library Media Specialist, Collins Hill High School




Posted on March 23, 2010, in Ideas, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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