Summer Librarian

2 July, 2002 at 6:14 pm (library)

My job description is varied and sprawling, as I have one of those catch-all professions. I’m only sort-of a teacher, ’cause I don’t teach full time. I write curriculum and train student teachers, but that’s not what I spend the majority of my time doing. Yes, I also do mailings and copy jobs and answer phones, but my boss is always vaguely offended when I describe myself as “a glorified secretary”.

THE DARK IS RISING by Susan CooperAt the moment, I am also a librarian. The full-time librarian at my host school has complimented me on my Info Sheet, and told me that she’d probably steal it. I gleamed for about an hour. My challenge-laden informational resource scavenger hunt has not driven anyone to tears, but frustration has been epic. Still, these are not the things of which I am most proud in my current role as program librarian.

Today I put a copy of The Westing Game into a child’s hands. I introduced kids to John Bellairs and William Sleator. A girl who declared that she’d read anything I handed her walked away with The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. The Golden Compass, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Fantastic Voyage, The Fellowship of The Ring, Redwall, A Bad Beginning, and The Book of Three have all be checked out in the last hour.

Not a bad day’s work.

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