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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Librarian of the Year

For a variety of reasons (work stuff, weather stuff, & personal stuff), it's been a rough couple of weeks. Hell, let's be honest, here: it's been a rough couple of months, and I think a lot of librarians might agree.

So it was a happy surprise when a girl who hangs out at my library came up to the reference desk yesterday and asked me "How long have we known each other?" When I said "About a year*," she said "Oh, good!" and handed me this piece of paper:

Well. I don't mean to brag, but that says Librarian of the YEAR, you guys. This ain't no flavor of the month nonsense. Now, the girl wasn't sure how to spell my name - "Reeda? Reeta?" - so another kid who was standing at the desk filled it in. I was very touched to receive this prestigious award, even when the girl said: "Next year, it will probably be Ally" (my awesome co-librarian, who I'm sure would have gotten this piece of paper herself if she were the one who happened to be there at that moment).

THEN, a different girl, who was also standing by the desk (there are usually about five or six of them at any given time), gave me a drawing that she had been working on for a few minutes. What a special day!

This particular kid has given me similar drawings before (and I try to ignore the fact that she must find my head massive), but this time she added the reference desk to the picture and told me "I wanted to draw your desk because I know it's important to you."

It is indeed.

*Actually, it was exactly a year ago TODAY that I transferred into this particular branch. Happy Libraversay to me!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Librarian Smash

Here is a picture drawn yesterday by a kid at the library. We made a mural during Arts & Crafts class, and the kid wanted to practice his "Incredible Hulk" skills on a piece of scrap paper before putting it on the mural. (Incidentally, the drawing is a good representation of how my mood has been for the past few weeks. Is summer over yet??)

There was no time to draw the body. Not so incredible now, are ya, Hulk?

On a happier note, here is a picture of the completed mural. My coworker created the "We Love Our Library" caption and the kids drew in book/cartoon characters and whatever else they felt like.

As you can see, there was a lot of artistic talent displayed. There was also a heated discussion about crayons. "Crayons are epic." "No, crayons are horrible." "Crayons are weak." Who knew the topic of crayons could stir such passionate debate between kids?

Can't we all just get along?

Although I liked the entire mural (I have to say that, right?) my favorite part was "We give kids books for learn" and "We learn things at public library" written by a little girl whose first language is not English. So adorable. And so true!

Arts & Crafts is over for another week. And now, the lonely librarian goes back to the reference desk...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Flippin' Out at the Library

I recently found this flip book sitting on the children's reference desk. I'm not exactly sure who made it, but I was told that it was most likely the handiwork of one of our teen "book buddy" volunteers (apparently, he/she was creating samples for an arts & crafts program). I was impressed by not only its artistic merit, but its message.

To me, the flip book shows a tale of struggle, despair, man's innate cruelty, and universal longings. But do we want our children learning these concepts in an arts & crafts class at the library? Should they be exposed to life's harsh realities with the help of cynical, gritty projects such as these? Or do we shelter them under a haze of innocent macaroni art until they are ready to be out in the world on their own?

I cannot answer these questions. You must decide for yourselves.

I hope we all learned something from this.