Another school year is at a close. The seniors have just practiced their graduation walk-through and have done their traditional “running through the halls”. The graduation ceremony will take place tonight with Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background. There will be your run-of-the-mill flowery speeches along with songs sung by the choir. Parents will have tears in their eyes while staff members will be silently cheering in their seats.
I have compiled a list of “What I Will Not Miss” and “What I Will Miss” from this year’s graduating seniors.
What I Will Not Miss
- The many ways in which they manage to get out of class in order to meet up with their friends or boyfriend/girlfriend in the back of the library.
- Knowing that, while it is important to carry a driver’s license, it is seemingly not important to carry their school ID cards . This forces us to type in their 9-digit student ID whenever they want to check out something.
- Finding new and ingenious ways to get past the school’s Internet filter. They like to do this while in the library.
- That one student who, since 7th grade, has yet to hand in a book on time. You know who I’m talking about. I’m sure there’s at least one in every school. The goal was to make it to graduation with all of her books turned in before the ceremony. She made me proud. In spite of her books being 23 days overdue, they were handed in 2 days before graduation. (insert sigh of relief here)
What I Will Miss
- The random senior who pops their head in just to say hi. Some of them are strong readers, and some of them are not. But at some point in time, the library became a safe and welcoming place for them.
- The senior who says, “You know what? I’m going to miss you. I bet the librarian at college isn’t going to catch me before class with a book and say, ‘You’ve just got to read this. I’ve checked it out to you already. Tell me what you think when you’re done with it.'”
- The mother of a senior who lets me know that she had to get her son’s public library card renewed because of me. He got hooked on a 4-book series and didn’t want to wait for the last book to come in. He was working after school and couldn’t make it to the public library in time, so he begged his mom to get it for him. She said it was the first time he had read books for fun since he was in 6th grade.
- The seniors who decided to get together on the weekend to see a movie that was based on a favorite book. However, they made sure that everyone in the group had read the book before going to see the movie. On Monday morning they came into the library to tell me that “the movie was okay, but the book was better”.
Looking back on these lists, I’m leaning heavily toward the things I will miss. It was great to see these kids as they were growing up. A few of them will come to visit next fall. Some will stay in the community while others move as far away as possible. Whatever the case may be for them, it was a great ride while it lasted. Hopefully they will learn to stay at their jobs without feeling the need to sneak out every other hour. Hopefully they will have their ID on them at all times. Hopefully the computer hackers will find better ways to channel their technological prowess. And hopefully they will get all of their things handed in on time, library books included.
Currently reading: Nothing to Hide by J. Mark Bertrand