But when wouldn’t I?
Today I’m subbing for the LMC Specialist in the elementary school. (That’s LIBRARIAN to those of you who don’t speak Public School Talk.) Oh, and also? It’s field day at the elementary school. And also? It’s 2 weeks until the end of school, so no one is allowed to actually check out books. Which I would have THOUGHT made this a pretty easy gig, right? Read to a couple of kindergarten classes, and then maybe a little book shelving.
Reminder to those who are as naive as I am: If it SOUNDS too good to be true…..
Yes. Yes it is. There was no instruction sheet for me today, so I happily pulled out my laptop and set it up near the circulation desk. I was all prepared to check in and put books away, and answer any questions about what’s still missing and whatnot, while using the vast spaces of empty time in between to blog to my heart's content!
To my dismay, though, one of the school aides just came in with a message from the
Usually fiction books are shelved by the first 3 letters of the author’s name. So if you’re looking for say, a Harry Potter book, you’d go to the shelf with the ROW’s on it, and then you just have to sort through ALL the ROW’s. Which at our library would be all the Harry Potter books plus one more.
Can someone PLEASE tell me why true alphabetical order is so important for the end of the year? The way it was explained to me, is that during the last week of school, many many children (and parents) will come to the
Because I know that if it were me, I’d never check the rest of the shelf. And the shelves above and below are clearly out of the realm of possibility, too.
I thought about trying to explain to the aide the total lack of productivity in alphabetizing the books, versus the TOTAL productivity of blogging for a couple of hours, but somehow I didn't think she'd understand.
So, I'm about halfway through my totally lame busywork. Also about halfway through my mindmeld with the wall paint. Which about doubles the fun of this activity, by the way.
At this point I'm hoping for somebody to bring in a torn book, so I can spice things up by getting out ... The Tape.