Summertime…Is the livin’ easy?

It’s summer, and my library is shut down so the janitorial staff can work their magic in the school. I, personally, think I’ve got the best janitors in the world. They take such good care of me and my space. That reminds me, I need to buy them donuts.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. My library is not open to check out any materials over the summer. I only have 10 days on my contract that allows me to work during the summer. Usually I have a big project going on such as last summer when I “genre-fied” my fiction section. This year is no exception. My wonderful junior high adminstrator (who is now enjoying retirement), approved the building of shelves in two different spots in the library. The shelves will hopefully be finished by the 4th of July by our wonderful IT teacher. I’m saving up my 10 extra days for July so I can go in and start moving books. While I don’t enjoy moving books and working up a sweat (they turn off the AC for the summer), it’s for a good cause. I really need the extra space.

I also have all those new books that were delivered at the end of May. They are patiently awaiting processing on four lovely carts. And it’s pretty important to have those done by the first day of school. We’ve got our frequent fliers chomping at the bit on the first day of school. They get to the library as soon as they can to check out books from my “New Books” carts. FYI – A “frequent flier” is a student or staff member that is a regular patron and loves to read for pleasure. And, as indicated by research studies, these are some of our top students and best teachers. We all know (at least in the library world) that studies show a direct link between reading for pleasure and academic success.

Summertime. The livin’ is a bit easier. But my library is still always in the back of my mind, even if I’m not physically there. I’ve been told that’s the mark of a good librarian. I hope so….

Currently reading: Pull by B.A. Binns


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