Overheard at the library
CHHS Library Happenings:
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.)
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?
Me: Ok. What do you like?
Me. Ok. Hmmmm…. Have you read Fight Club?
Student: That was a book?
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.
Library Media Specialist, Collins Hill High School