Thank you, Jessamyn, for the best librarian mission statement I’ve ever read.

“Librarianship both is and is not sexy. Exploit that. Go be secretly awesome. Then tell someone.” This is the final statement in the text from Jessamyn West’s talk to Library Camp at ETIG (a conference I’ve never heard of, but happens in Canada, so it is instantly double-awesome), which she so kindly posted for all to read. (p.s. How much do I want to give a presentation entitled “Now I Will Inspire You” to the staff at my school?) 

If I didn’t feel a little weird about having a mission statement for a middle school library with “sexy” in it, I would plaster that all over my library and print it on five T-shirts, one for every work day. In fact, I can’t really think of a better mantra for most of my kids than “Go be secretly awesome. Then tell someone.”

(p.p.s. Jessamyn is publicly awesome and I’ve been reading her blog for years, since right before I started library school. I don’t know her, but she seems like one of the coolest librarians evah, and one day I’ll send her a postcard.)

Published in: on June 9, 2009 at 10:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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Stargirl: Yeah, I’d hit that.

So one of my teachers walks into the library this morning and tells me about his class readaloud of Stargirl. (Could this be the start of a really bad joke also involving a priest and a rabbi?) Whenever he does this unit, he asks the kids at the end whether they would have the guts to date Stargirl themselves. Apparently, kids always say no, quoted as “No way. That girl is CRAZY.”

To which this teacher and I agree: you’re fools, kids. Date Stargirl. Best sex ever. Like, of your life.

Any other inappropriate thoughts about children’s literature you’d like to share?

Published in: on June 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm  Comments (3)  
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The School Librarian’s Glad Game

Right now I’ve been gripped by premature “school’s out for summer” fever, so it’s probably time to get my head back in the game for the tail end of May and all that June to come. So here are some great things about being a middle school librarian:

  1. Boxes of new books. My last one (grant-funded) for the year showed up today, full of shiny new nonfiction.
  2. The giant purple book dragon that’s going to show up in the library sometime this week. The amazing product of two special-ed classes and some incredibly inventive teachers and paras is going to live in the library permanently, guarding the entrance to our student art gallery. It’s complete with wings that fold down and a computer monitor in its belly that I can hook up to a laptop for slideshows and such.
  3. The date stamp. It makes a satisfying ka-chunk. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
  4. Kids who come back for more after you’ve given them a recommendation that hit home.
  5. Checking teen books out to teachers (particularly Tamora Pierce fans who need readalikes).
  6. Planning summer reading challenges for the school.
  7. The wide range of books my school reads, from Henry and Mudge to Life of Pi (some of today’s returns). Sometimes this causes reading level angst, but fundamentally I like the freedom in picking books to serve such a wide range of abilities.

… of course, summer vacation rocks, too.

Published in: on May 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm  Leave a Comment