While I listen to the meteorologist telling me to expect snow tomorrow, and see the pictures of my friends’ vacations on Instagram, I find myself reflecting on my library year and the changes that I want to be making.
When I first started in the school library, the culture shock was fresh and up front. I was used to working in a large public library with a population ranging from babies to teens in my section. We rarely saw parents. We rarely questioned book choices. We were always running. Finding books, readers’ advisory, RIF programs, lapsits, story-times, loads of programs and lots of desk time.
When I started at school I had a full compliment of classes, but the collection I was working with was a fraction of the size. Parents were always in the library. This was different.
Anyone who has worked both in school and public libraries understands that the charges of the jobs are different. As a school librarian, my main role is to support the mission of the school. I also support the classroom teaching and of course all of the readers. It is wonderful really getting to watch students grow into readers and scholars. But there seemed to be an element of fun that was missing at school that was always present in the public library.
As I have spent time at school (13 years and counting), I find myself adding elements of my old public library life into my school library life. Crafting and making, heart throb biographies, and DEAR are all making their way into my curriculum. Puppets may be next.
So as I look back at this year and at the soft goals that I try to have most if not all of my work with the students connect to, I have figured out one more to add.