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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Notes on a Library

I've shown you guys little notes I've found in the library before, like this and this and these. I thought I'd share some of the more interesting ones I've found more recently, like this series of sketchy little drawings:

Cute, right? It's like the start of a little flipbook (which I have also found in the library before).

Then I found this note, which looks like part of a kid's homework:

And this random note (not sure what it was referring to, I can only assume there's some secret passageway in the children's room I don't know about):

The other day a part-timer alerted me to this note he found taped to one of the tables:

"You're an idiot & I love you" describes many of my past relationships.

In case you can't read the fine print on top of the note, it says "take tape off and read the back for good news oh yeah."

Never one to back down from a challenge, I took off the tape and read the back. It was NOT such good news, however. 

The threat is sort of minimized with the addition of a tongue-sticking-out face, but whatever works for you, "Murder Mystery Person." Whatever works for you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. May the notes found in your libraries be pleasant ones.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bugging Out at the Library

For the past year or so I've been a mentor in this great program we have at the library called "Ready, Set, Kindergarten." It's basically a storytime class for 3-4-year-olds with educational activities to help prepare kids for the rigors of kindergarten. (Which, no joke, is getting pretty ridiculously rigorous lately. But that's a story for another time.)

Saturday marked our final RSK program for the season. We read some picture books, sang some songs, had a great time with my terrifying handmade felt board activity Carl the Clown, and then did a bug-themed STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) craft to tie it all together.  

In addition to all the other STEM stuff, my intern and I put out a real bugs discovery kit (complete with magnifying glass) on one of the tables so that the kids could explore and be grossed out/fascinated at their leisure. Here's an extremely blurry photo of one of one of the bug-filled lucite cubes (which, incidentally, remind me of a prank ice cube I bought as a kid and used to put in my family members' drinks. I was HILARIOUS):

The Han Solo of the bug world. 

Most of the children thought the kit was pretty cool and took turns examining the cubes with disgusted delight. One kid, however, got a bit existential about the whole thing. (And, subsequently, threw me for a loop - especially when he basically accused me of INSECT HOMOCIDE.)

Kid: "What are those?

Me: "They're bugs covered in plastic so you can see what they look like up close."

Kid: "They're real bugs?

Me: "Yup!"

Kid (wide-eyed) "You...KILLED them?"

Uh oh. 

Me: "No, I didn't kill them..."

Kid: "Then who DID?"

Me: "Um...well, I don't really...I mean, I don't think..."


Seeing as how I didn't really have a good answer for him - (Exterminators killed the bugs? The bugs were already dead when they were encased in plastic? They sacrificed themselves for science? Anything I thought of to say in that moment would have felt severely insufficient, and the honest truth is I didn't KNOW the actual answer) - the kid wandered away. 

So, there are teachable moments you knock out of the park, and then there are teachable moments you totally screw up. This was one of the latter for me. I guess you can't win 'em all, right? But I will tell you this: the next time we do the program, I will have a VERY good alibi... I mean, answer...ready if/when a kid asks about the fate of those bugs. For I AM INNOCENT OF THESE ENTOMOLOGICAL CRIMES. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)