Thursday, March 24, 2011

Speaking of the economy...

Unshelved rocks.  Today's just cracks me you who know me know I actually LOVE "the teens" but I always find it a bit comical that I have most enjoyed the 2 groups who drive most teachers and librarians nuts--the kinders and the teens. 

At least I have a bit of humor--even dark humor--in these scary, scary times of slashing library programs and librarian jobs. 

sometimes that's all we can hang long as I can still find humor in it I think I'm okay...

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Unshelved strip for 3/24/2011

Book Fair

Oh my goodness, but it is book fair time once again.  For a week each fall and spring our library turns into a mini book store. 

Oh! the excitement! (hey!  there's the new book in that series I read!)
Oh! the anguish! (crud!  my parents only gave me $5.00!)

My wish list grows with each pass around the daughter's grows quicker than that.  ;)

The students have steadily purchased fuzzy-topped pens and posters and books.  The girls ooh and ahh over the Justin Bieber collection.  The boys make the talking Zombie book "speak" over and over *and over* again.  The teachers pour over the cookbooks and adult bestseller list. 

This time sales seem a bit slower than usual.  The economic difficulties are definitely being felt by everyone.  And still...people want books...

Thank goodness our sanity hasn't completely left us.

Read on Gentle Readers, Read on
Mrs. S

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Proud Mama

Check out my youngest over spring break. Yep, this library diva is one proud mama!

Exciting stuff when you see your little ones begin the life-long love of all things bookish. 

My older daughter is 8 and *excuse the braggy mom moment* but is already quite the reader.  She is a 2nd grader, but reads on a 5th grade level.  

So proud of my girls for so many reasons...not the least of which is they inherited/grabbed onto mama's love of reading!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring has Sprung

It is the Friday morning before Spring Break begins...ah, the joy of spring!

I have a quiet, quiet class of lovely 8th graders in here working on their literature project.  I have 2 boys working on GT products.  I hear the steady comforting hum of the computers in the background---white noise that I miss when they are turned off. 

This morning my coffee brewed to perfection.  With the addition of a goodly amount of French vanilla creamer and a touch of Splenda my work day began. 

I greeted over 75 kiddos in the library before school started.  Some come to play checkers, some to work or play games on the computers.  Others actually love to sit in one of our comfy couches or  ice cream scoop chairs and read.  We, of course, as a middle school do have the occasional kiddo or two who comes in to swagger & flirt & joke (sort of quietly), too.  I enjoy them all.  Even as I remind them to pull their pants up, tuck their shirts in, and keep their volume to a dull roar...I enjoy them.

I do so love my job.  Even the day before spring break.  Most especially today. 

Read on, Gentle Readers, Read on...

Mrs. S

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