…And the “Are You Kidding Me” award for the day goes to…….

Today, an individual on campus came to the library to ask for a movie.
We have some that are approved for student viewing.
There really are quite a few rules for showing copyrighted films to students in a school setting.
One of them being that the film must go along with the curriculum and two that only a very few minutes are shown to the students.
A very important point that is often overlooked is that 9th grade English teachers can’t show the R rated Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo & Juliet…..

The classroom helper came to the circulation desk and said “The teacher wants to borrow a Harry Potter DVD….”

I was good –  Gosh I was really good and held my tongue.  It took considerable constraint on my part.
What I wanted to say was…”Sorry, this isn’t Hogwarts…When did Harry Potter become a part of the district’s English curriculum?”

Instead I just said, “Nope, sorry.”

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  1. They said those books would lead to evil behavior and cost the children their souls… I thought they were just being paranoid.

    In the school setting there are rules / guidelines for what movies may or may not be shown to students. It is actually a copyright infringement to show movies at school but it goes on everyday, especially at the end of the school year. As for all the hoopla that surrounded Harry Potter books – the only thing that we librarians noticed was that the books brought about the desired effect….children were reading.
    There’s only one thing that will cost someone’s soul; its not reading Harry Potter – it would be NOT reading another BOOK or hearing and accepting what is in it…….

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