Posted tagged ‘Budget Crisis’

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

April 17, 2012

Yes, I am very late with my post for Dr. Seuss’ birthday, over a month for those of you keeping track.  But frankly, when I know that I am losing the librarian who has worked with me for the last nine years due to more budget cuts – it is pretty sad in the library these days.

This year I went with quotes from Seuss and some cute photos.  There really are that many books in the Seuss collection (see photo under the hat.)  Google is my “go to” for images and I am usually pretty successful

If you have a new color cartridge in your printer, this is a pretty cheap display to put together.

 

Do you take Attendance?

May 30, 2011

From Jane Yolen:
 
FYI: I wrote this yesterday, posted it on my FaceBook page with permission to send it everywhere:

A letter to the administrator in charge of firing LAUSD school librarians who had the Board of Ed’s lawyers take the librarians into the school basement and asked them to prove they were teachers with such questions as “Do you take attendance?”
 

Dear Mr. Deasy:

As the author of 300 published books (yes, that is not a typo!), many of them winners of the highest awards given for children’s and adult books, I have to commend you for closing libraries. You are turning out the lights in children’s minds.
It will make them much easier to recruit as cannon fodder, much easier to move them on conveyor belts, much easier to treat them as cattle.
  
Of all the people who work in a school, teachers and librarians are the heart and soul of the place.  Not administrators.  My late husband was a professor and later on an administrator. You should have heard what he had to say about top-heavy administrations.  I suggest you take the administrators (yourself included) and ask them the same questions the lawyers are asking the librarians in the basement:  Do YOU take attendance?  Do YOU teach in the classroom?  Perhaps you should fire the administrators first.  And the overpriced lawyers.  And when you do, you will no doubt find you have the money to keep the librarians.
 
And the library. The ones who turn on lights in children’s minds and guard the flame in their hearts. With or without taking attendance.
  
  
Yours very truly and to tell the truth angrily as well,
  
Jane Yolen

Thank you Mrs. Yolen.  Those of us in the libraries salute you. 
The first item on my agenda for Tuesday will be to make a bulletin board display with covers of your books along with your letter. 
Mrs. Hot Library Tech

Sorry we’re closed? U.S. public libraries: We lose them at our peril – latimes.com

July 6, 2010

Please read the article at the link below –

U.S. public libraries: We lose them at our peril – latimes.com.

Keep Our Libraries Open!

June 8, 2010

Libraries are in danger in the state of California.  Some elementary schools have closed their libraries all together.     

A nearby elementary school district is losing 4 librarians to retirement at the end of the school year. 
When school resumes in the fall, school age children in this district will only be able to go to their libraries once a month…the remaining librarians will be spread between the ten schools in the district. 
We library technicians and librarians in California need your help! 

The organization called CALIB is trying to get columnist Yvette Cabrera, writer for the Orange County Register to write another article on libraries.  Members of CALIB want her to see that libraries are still a “Hot Topic.”  (Not to be confused with the scary Goth store in the local mall.) 

Please click on any/all of the 3 following links. 
By clicking on these links, we can show the columnist that this topic is still timely and important to us…especially our children. 

Here are the articles: 

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/tsuruta-201891-library-school.html

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/school-201916-library-libraries.html

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/school-234938-library-librarians.html

If you can click on these links and read the articles over the next few days that would help us! 
Thank you!

Beware the Ides of March….

March 8, 2010

This is the time in education where we are waiting for delivery of pink slips. 
Seeing your campus union representative and possibly their boss arrive at your office door….is something no one wants to see next week…so we wait. 
We wait for the unions to negotiate on changes in our contracts…
There is no salve for this time of being caught between a rock and a hard place. 

And so we wait.