Posted tagged ‘Life’

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.   : )

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. 

Stephen Pastis is following me…

August 26, 2010

A fellow hot library tech found this and shared it with me. 
Stephen Pastis must have been following me.

Eavesdropping

July 2, 2010

The kids and I checked out the premiere of Eclipse on Wednesday. 
We found some seats in the crowded theatre; an older woman sat down next to me. 

She immediately started chatting with me about all things Twilight. 
The teenagers with me were absolutely mortified that I was talking to a stranger. Probably even more so that I was talking about Twilight like I was (perish the thought) a teenager. 

Soon the woman’s daughter and grand daughter found her and their seats.  The little granddaughter looked to be about 7 years old. 
While they were getting settled, the grandmother asked her daughter what the film was rated. 
The daughter replied that she thought it was PG, there wasn’t anything inappropriate in it. 
The little granddaughter leaned over to her grandmother and said, “That means that there is no, (she spelled it out)
S  E  X in the movie, grandma.” 

As I was trying to laugh as quietly as possible, my teenagers asked me, with great annoyance, “What is so funny, Mom?” I just smiled….I’ll tell you later. 

(Judging by photos I’ve found on the net, they’ll have to find a babysitter for Breaking Dawn…parts one and two.)

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!

Eclipse Quiz

May 23, 2010

Now that STAR testing is over – before finals start – it is time for the Eclipse Quiz. 
Starting on Monday morning students can stop by the circulation desk and pick up an Eclipse Quiz. 

Before Twilight was released a few years ago, I wrote a quiz for the book and we had a contest in the library.  First prize was two tickets to see the premiere.  I did the same with New Moon.  Students picked up their quiz and were able to return it a few days later.  When they returned the completed quiz, the first thing they would say was, “Mrs. Hot!  This was really hard!  I’m glad you aren’t my English teacher!” 

Frankly, I am too.  When I get all the quizzes back and I sit down to grade them this coming Memorial Day weekend, I am going to ask myself WHY did I add an essay question this time? 

If you are interested in having a contest yourself, check back here after the contest is over. 
I will post 10 of the 45 questions.  Good Luck.

Book Fair – Held Hostage Day 35

May 15, 2010

The hostage release required careful planning…..

Correction, I lied..it required two Honors students, one ELD student and two Special Ed students with me giving directions….okay, sometimes repeating the directions several times. 

We unloaded the six book fair display cases onto library tables.  I closed off the library to protect the book company’s merchandise.  Unloaded, the display cases are extremely light, but bulky…think oversized tissue box for a giant. 

The next hurdle was finding 6 beefy students who would willingly carry the cases downstairs.  When an American History class walked in the front doors to use the computers, I watched as members of the track, baseball and wrestling teams walk past my desk.  I admit, I had a gleam in my eye.  Their teacher was more than happy to volunteer her students to assist.  Don’t you love collaboration? 

The boys jumped to attention, “Yes ma’am, Mrs. Hot, what can we help you with?” 
Gosh, I love polite students….it just makes me beam. 

I explained to the ‘muscle team’ what I needed them to do.  I told them the cases were bulky, that they would need three guys on each side.  When they lifted the first one, the boys rolled their eyes at me.  “Mrs. Hot, these aren’t heavy!”  Then, it became a competition between two teams….”this isn’t a race, fellas!” 

In less than five minutes the cases were free from the flight of stairs that had been holding them hostage for so long.   
You’re free! 

Getting the books back into the cases was more involved than getting the cases downstairs, but several hours later the cases were refilled…granted, not perfectly, (there’s a story I can’t tell you) but they were refilled.

Two homework club students and I waved goodbye as the Book Fair truck driver pulled the cases through the library lobby and out the front doors.  Yea! 

 

Now we’ve got 6 months to get the elevator fixed before the next book fair…