Posted tagged ‘Librarians’

The last book fair…

April 17, 2012

Our last book fair was the end of March 2012.  I know, I said that the book fair last spring was our last book fair.  Last May, in an 11th hour miracle, the librarian’s jobs were saved.  This year we do not expect that to happen this year.  Next year when the teacher’s ask when is the book fair?  I am going to say, “Remember the librarians, whose jobs you could have saved if everyone in the district had voted to take ONE, count em’ ONE furlough day?! Well, book fairs were her ‘thing’ along with a hell of a lot more…”
Let me just quietly put my soap box away now…there it is neatly tucked under my desk again…..for now.

I went out with my camera when the Scholastic truck arrived.  I even took a photo of the driver, I won’t add it here, but he was very happy to pose.

My book fair nightmare came true this year.  The second book fair crate got stuck in the elevator on its way down and is currently in limbo about 5 feet above the library floor.  There are still three crates stuck upstairs.  We hope they repair the elevator soon – last time it broke it took over a year for them to repair it…..TCB

Library Technicians….

August 20, 2011

Come in all shapes, sizes and Shoes –
One thing is for sure – We all love books.
HLT

What do you do all day?

February 11, 2011

    

     In the past, I have actually had administrators ask, (never to me personally, to my face, but to someone else, within earshot) “What does Mrs. Hot do all day, now that she is not “in charge” of textbooks?”  News flash – I should have never been “in charge” of textbooks – I would love to see the stipend for the 7 years I did someone else’s job. 

     Whew!  Deep cleansing breath – In – Out – Find my happy place…..

     In any case, I recently had a librarian from another school ask for the Hot Library Tech’s job description. 
Wow, that required some thought.  While there is an actual job description that was released by the “Ministry of Magical Learning”  it does not begin to cover what library technicians do within the course of a day.  
     So, instead of doing what I do all day, I composed a job description including even, (shock) a little humor.  I am not finished yet, but it was enough information for the anxious librarian who emailed my librarian 12 times during the course of the day to check on my progress. 
     I shared my composition with another tech – we have a joke that we sit around eating bonbons and reading all day.   These are his thoughts on our job description: 

1.)    Open library, turn on computer
2.)    Place bon bons on desk within easy reach
3.)    Spin around in chair 5 times
4.)    Read magazines
5.)    Count paperclips

Gotta go, my bonbons are melting!

Fall Into a Good Book

November 3, 2010

A simple display – see for yourself. 
Book covers down loaded
Photos printed at home –
Lettering courtesy of the Cricut

Twilight – The desire lingers

October 26, 2010

Dear Stephenie Meyer: 

Hi
First let me say that I love your Twilight series; I am looking forward to seeing Breaking Dawn when it comes to theatres.  It will be interesting to see if the director and screen writer can bring your vision and words to the big screen.  

Your books have given me something to talk about with the high school girls.  Like you, I have sons.  Boys will talk to me about Twilight, but usually they are much more “hush-hush” about their interest.  Although when I tell a shy boy – if they are “at a loss for words” when talking to a girl – talk to them about Twilight.  Their eyes will light up like I have told them an untold secret of the universe.” 

Ever since your books became a hot topic, I have had to keep them behind the circulation desk.  Not because they have questionable material in them, not that we have had parents requesting a district form in order to have a book restricted…no, we have to keep them behind the counter to keep them from being stolen.

When I first noticed the books missing, I thought perhaps that my library student assistants were having trouble alphabetizing….but when I couldn’t find the missing copies…and I found just the cover of Eclipse buried under one of the book cases…I decided I could either have a library with zero copies of the Twilight saga or I could keep them behind the counter. 

I’ve kept a sign on the shelf where your books would normally be stating that if students were interested in one of the books in the series they could see Mrs. Hot downstairs and I would check out a copy to them.  I don’t why I feel that I need  to apologize that I have a zero-tolerance for stealing.  Some people have the opinion that students are going to steal and we will just have to do without the books or keep buying cheap paperback copies and going to used book stores.  I think that’s wrong. 

When the movie Eclipse was due to be released, I promoted our Eclipse quiz (we had a contest for Twilight and New Moon too) with the grand prize being tickets to the movie premiere.  I had all of 10 kids pick up a quiz, only 5 returned them.  The questions were not that hard.  So, I thought, “Oh, the Twilight desire is waning. ”

At the start of this school year, the librarian and I thought it would now be “safe” now to return the Twilight series to the shelves.  I had a student help me carry them back upstairs and we re-shelved the novels.  We were doing well until a few weeks ago when I checked the counts of what was on the shelves and what was available.  We were missing one or two copies of each title. 

A few days later, I was picking up trash and pushing in chairs (funny I didn’t think that was mother to 2,200 students) when I found a copy of Eclipse shoved under a table….missing the cover.  We thought that we’d have to donate this copy to a classroom library since it was missing the cover….until I remembered the cover I had found years earlier…missing it’s book.  Voila!  The rescued copy was introduced to a new cover. 

Once again I have stacks of Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn behind the counter and it looks like a Borders book store on the day that Breaking Dawn was released. 
I have to say that I’m actually glad I have never been able to catch a book signing with Mrs Meyer.   
The Twilight series…autographed? 
I would have to keep those under lock and key.   : )

Happy Birthday – Stephen King

September 22, 2010

While researching the latest bulletin board – Next Monday starts Banned Books Week – I discovered that today is Stephen King’s birthday. 
Happy Birthday to yooooouuuu Mr. King.   
The HotLibraryTech will refrain from turning your greeting into a video complete with the birthday song because, well quite frankly, that would be too scary for even you. 

Besides all the novels that Mr. King has written, he has another  “claim to fame” with the honor that he has twenty-two count them, 22 books listed in the research guide entitled Banned Books by Robert P. Doyle. 

This resource guide for librarians and technicians is invaluable.  We have to put a “Do not remove from library” sticker on the cover so that it stays on the counter.  Every fall, students receive an assignment in their 10th grade English classes to check out and read a “Banned Book” from the library.  We appreciate the boost in our library circulation as fresh-faced little sophomores come looking for a book for their assignment.  They usually look for the ‘skinny’ books – a fast read – but then the teachers started telling them that they would have to read two books.  Kids often check out Christine or Carrie for this assignment.  This year, a few students picked up It and Pet Sematary

In case, I have made you curious, here are some of the reasons that these books by Mr. King were, challenged, restricted, banned or “placed on a special shelf.”  Just makes them all the more desirable in this humble Library Tech’s opinion. 

Christine:  In Alabama, (1985) the board of education voted unanimously to ban the novel from all county school libraries because the book contains “unacceptable language'” and is “pornographic.”  (Bet the public libraries in the county saw a jump in their circulation stats….)

Carrie:  Challenged in a high school library in Las Vegas (1975) because it is “trash.”  Placed in a ‘special closed shelf’ at a Vermont high school library (1978) because it could “harm students, particularly younger girls.”

It:  Challenged in the Lincoln, Nebraska school libraries (1987) because of the novel’s corruptive, obscene nature.” Placed on a ‘closed shelf; at the Franklinville, New York Central high school library (1992) because of explicit sexual acts, violence and profane language.  Students will need parental permission to check it out.  (Seriously, I read this book while my husband was under going cancer treatments – the book was a ‘walk in the park’ compared to what I was going thru.)

Pet Sematary:  Challenged, along with eight other Stephen King novels, in North Dakota (1994) by a local minister and school board member, because of “age appropriateness.”

The library is a flurry of activity now with students checking out the book they have picked for their project.  I just love it when they wait until the last minute…..I look at them and smile when I see the choice for their assignment, I say, “This one’s scary, hope you have a nightlight!”

Patriot Day 2010

September 2, 2010

This year’s 9/11 bulletin board is more subdued than in past years.  You can see that previous board at the top of my blog.  The 9th grade class of 2014 were kindergarteners when the twin towers fell.