Just looking for a book…


Seldom am I surprised by the behaviors/discipline violations that teenagers think they are going to get by with past me. 
Seriously, they don’t realize who they are dealing with!
I have had incidents happen in my library that would have caused other paraprofessionals to go screaming into the night. 
One of the more colorful incidents follows.

It was a dark and stormy night….just kidding. 
One day after school, about 3:00 pm, a male and female student walk into the library.  This in and of its self is not necessarily suspicious…but the hand holding, the eyes scanning the room and the phrase…”We need to look for a book” set off my “Mom-radar.”  The two sign in and ascend the staircase, heading for the Fiction section.  It is really a pity that they don’t know that I have heard it all. 

Now, I’m not immediately going on alert…I just watch.  They apparently REALLY know what book they are looking for, because they make a bee-line for the very back of the Fiction section.  What they don’t realize is that there is a mirror high in the ceiling for the purpose of monitoring ‘activities’.  What they also don’t know is that my vision is better than 20/20.

So, I watch. 
What I really need is track lighting up there…like that’s gonna happen.  I take care of a couple of students, hoping that indeed they truly are looking for a book.  When I look back to the mirror, she is bent down in front of him; his back is up against a bookcase.  This is too voyeuristic for me and I pick up the phone.  I wait another minute or two to dial because, well, I hate to think the worst of students….maybe she is just tying his shoelaces…..Ahhh, no. 

Seriously, there’s nothing in the employee handbook….”What to do if you find students engaged in….say….extra-curicular activities?  They aren’t filling out their reading logs for Honors English back there…

I pick up the walkie-talkie and slowly ascend the stairs.  I quietly nod and whisper “hello” to a few girls working diligently on homework, at tables.  (Makes my heart proud it does to see students actually engaged in learning.)  I wonder what the girl at the back of the Fiction section is learning?  I start down an aisle, tidying up the shelf of Nora Roberts as I go…the students who are busily engaged, freeze.  I don’t know whether to laugh or call for a “Clean up on Aisle 10….Somebody bring the bleach!”

I muster up my meanest mom voice (not really big effort) and say, “Something tells me that you aren’t looking for a book!” 
“You have exactly one minute to rearrange yourselves and come downstairs…..” 
The girl sits down at a table on the main floor first…the boy takes more time to get downstairs…..Walking seemed to be a difficulty for him. 
I would have figured that my untimely arrival would have deflated the moment more rapidly than it apparently did.  He sits down rather gingerly. 

They don’t even try to tell me that they were “just looking for a book”…the girl’s mouth looks like she was in a lip lock with the “Scream Extraction machine” from Monster’s Inc. 

After what seems like forever, a senior administrator arrives.  They take one look at the two of them and deduces exactly what occurred in the Fiction section.  If only these books could talk…it would be rated MA. 

As they are  being escorted to the office, I hear the principal say….”You are going to call her mother and tell her what you were doing with her daughter in the library…You are going to call his mother and tell her what you were doing with her son in the library….”

I truly dislike being in the position of having to discipline.  I wish I could just be the “Good times, fun, Hot Library Tech”…I wish the kids would not step so far over the boundary that they force my hand.  One things for sure…glad I’m not the parent getting that phone call.

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One Comment on “Just looking for a book…”

  1. alicelolita Says:

    wow…..lol looks like someone was…..BUSTED! I couldn’t help myself but wow, did they actually think they could get away with it? That was some story by the way….good work, Hot Library Tech…the library is safe once more…but can it stay that way?….lol

    Highly unlikely.

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