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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More Kid Notes

One of the great things about being a children's librarian is that the kids sometimes do crazy/adorable/thoughtful things out of nowhere that negate any of the potentially thanklessness moments of being a public librarian. (Yes, "thanklessness" is a word. It's not? Well, it is NOW, dammit.)

One of the library kids recently came up to the desk and, apropos of nothing, handed me this very sweet note. I would just like to point out that this girl, who is 20 years younger than I am and who thinks Justin Beiber is an older man, called me "young." I suspect that this is directly related to the fact that I constantly call myself "old" in front of the kids, but nevertheless: IT'S RIGHT THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE AND NO ONE CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME.

Ahem. Anyway. Here's the note:

"Cheerful"! I have them all fooled!

Makes a gal feel all warm and fuzzy. AND a few minutes after getting the first note, I received a second note from another kid (because when one kid does something at my branch, ALL the kids apparently have to do that same thing). This girl took the acrostic route:

"Reader"! Yes! My job here is done.

Adorable, right? Yes, absolutely. BUT, don't get out your Kleenex just yet. Things soon took a dark turn.  That same girl turned her acrostic anger out on one of our college-age part-timers, Dominick (who is, in reality, a nice guy). The note below portrays poor Dominick in a not-so-flattering light. However, I think this is because the girl secretly (or not-so-secretly) has a crush on him. Naturally, if you're 10 years old and you like someone, you're going to say bad things about him/her even as you say good things (incidentally, some people never grow out of this - but that's another blog post):

Yes, she spelled his name incorrectly, but it's the thought that counts.

Her choice of adjectives fascinates me: Delicate, Overreacts, Mean (sometimes), Obedient, Noticeable, Intelligent, Careless, Keen. This kid is funny. I mean, what 10-year-old uses the word "keen" out of nowhere to describe someone? And the use of the subtly emasculating term "delicate" is a somewhat hilarious (albeit inaccurate) touch. In any event, Dominick took the whole thing in stride. And even though he didn't want to admit it, I think he was happy to receive a note in the first place. (I know I was.)


  1. Love your stories! My first year as an elementary librarian I got a prettiest librarina award from a whole class. I was the only librarian in the school so there wasn't a whole lot of competition, but still!

  2. Ha! That's cute. And a very prestigious honor. :)

  3. I got a note once from a little boy who said he was sorry for not talking to me, but he was afraid if he opened his mouth he would cry. This was after I told him that I had to go back to my normal branch soon.

  4. This is so wonderful! It makes librarianship seem not only hilarious, but a profession of the world-saving, cute-fuzzy-bunny kind. Like you're a superhero spreading happiness with printed pages.

    I have a friend who thinks I speak of my librarian the same way that people would normally say "my chiropractor" or "my shrink". Now you can be the kind of librarian that people refer to in the same way they might say "my friendly neighbourhood superhero".

    It's a good way to be, Rita. (Though it looks like Dominick might have to play the villain in this scenario. Oh well. There always has to be at least one.)

  5. Erika, that probably would have made ME cry!

    Amanda, thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad that you hold your librarian in high esteem. And Dominick is a good sport; he can totally handle it. :)

  6. Dominick the delicate. New work name I think.

  7. You guys are lucky. Best drawing I ever got from a child was me with horns and a devil tail, although I suspect the children's librarian goaded the tyke in their artistic expression.
    Also, bonus points for using the word "apropos."

  8. We recently had a little boy that accidentally peed his pants in the Children's Area. The next day he came to me with a note that said "Sorry" on one side and a stick figure peeing in the toilet on the other side. I felt really bad for him anyway and even worse that he felt bad enough to write a "Sorry" note.