I don’t know about everyone, but this week in summer reading was an emotional roller coaster. I figured that if your week was anything like mine, that we should all gather round and take a breath. Let’s talk it out, so to speak. I’ll go first.
The week-long heat wave has been brutal in terms of attendance. The library is either packed with kids or empty as everyone stays home to beat the heat. And it fluctuates back and forth throughout the day. Both are exhausting in their own special way.
But this week is the last week of prizes and it’s the best part — the kids get to choose a free paperback. To keep. Forever. If you want true joy, take your time when you explain that part and let it soak it. You might get the most wonderful wide-eyed, whisper-shouted, “Really? Forever?”
You might hear this dreaded phrase during preschool art: “Miss Librarian, she’s painting ME!” And you might struggle not to cry from frustration as you clean up the siblings who decided their bodies were better canvas that the paper provided.
But the next day might be followed with the most angelic group of storytime kids ever. Or watching a Painted Lady butterfly that you named Lola emerge from her cocoon. The children watch Lola, awestruck, asking questions and doing research with you. And there’s a rainstorm on its way to finally break the heat.
Hang in there, friends.
– Katie Salo
Youth Services Manager
Melrose Park Library