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Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Librarian's Christmas

Yesterday during Arts & Crafts, the kids and I made paper bag reindeer (which turned out cute, as you can see from the picture below) and paper snowflakes (which, due to my inherent lack of crafting skills, came out not-so-cute...thus the lack of a picture).

Introducing Rudolph's Lesser-Known Cousin, Boris the Blue-Antlered Reindeer
One of the kids who came to the program (who is amusingly sassy) kept taking markers from the bin and discovering that they were dried up. After this happened about four or five times, she threw down a marker and exclaimed:  

"Nothing works around here!"

I sighed and apologized and gave my standard half-serious, half-smartass answer when sometimes faced with a disgruntled person who complains about the current state of library services:

"Well, you can write a letter to the Mayor asking him to not cut the library's budget any more so we can buy better arts and crafts supplies."

The kid was amenable to this plan. 

Her: "Okay! I would sign the President's name because I have really good script. I would tell them to give the library two million dollars a year."

Me: "Why two million?"
Her: "Just because. And all librarians will get $2,000 a month."

Me (jokingly): "Hmm. Not two million?"

The other kids joined in and started yelling out numbers. 

"Two million!"

"No, a BILLION!"

"A trillion dollars!"

"A sextillion!"

"Did you just say SEX?!!"

That made them dissolve into shocked giggles. Ahh, to be 10 years old again.
I'm not going to lie, I'd happily take sextillion dollars per month. A librarian can dream, right?

After Arts & Crafts, I got a nice surprise: a Christmas card from one of the kids, and handmade drawings from two others. These are my very favorite kinds of gifts.

Name of artist covered. I did not pay this kid to write those things, I swear.

So, some of my markers are dried up and I don't make two million dollars a month, but I'd still say I have it pretty good. Happy Merry Christmas (and everything else you can possibly celebrate) to all! 


  1. Rita, this was lovely. Happy Merry Christmas to you, too. :-)

  2. That. Is. Awesome.

    I'll take a "very skinny" in perfect cursive any day. Well done, librarian. Well done.

  3. I love it!

    Merry Christmas to you, too!

  4. as usual,i love your words!!Merry Christmas to my favorite librarian!!!!!

  5. I love spending time with 10 year olds. Suddenly the world seems like a much better place.

    Merry Christmas, Rita.

  6. Tee hee. I just spent time weeding out dried markers. Great reindeer! Merry Christmas to you, too!

  7. We take our water based, dried up markers and put them in baby food jars half filled with water. Let it sit for a few days to a week or so and you have watercolors to paint with!

    Merry Christmas!

  8. It's great your kids love you so much. I wonder if anyone will give me cards when I am a librarian?

  9. Great post - gotta love those kids.

  10. You're overall America's Top Model?? Pretty awesome. :)

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