Monday, May 23, 2011

How to Run a Library-Part 1

On the last day of school, I told my 5th graders that I'm moving to a new school and a new job next year.  I was crying so hard that I had trouble spitting out the words.  I admitted that I was scared to death to leave my school family and everything that is comfortable to me.  I also told them that I have a lot to learn about being a library media specialist, and decided to enlist their help.  Here are some of the responses they came up with when asked how to run a library:
  • Be yourself.  Don't change just because you leave.
  • Make sure the library doesn't look boring.  Ask if you can have sparkles on walls.
  • Keep playing Justin Bieber music.
  • Be a great librarian and let kids read in the library.  Keep a smile on your face.
  • Have lots of parties!
  • You should teach them the life lessons you taught us.  PS, You did a great job teaching us them.
  • When you have to count the books it'll probably be easy since you are a Math goddess.
  • Keep your library organized!!
  • Not all librarians are "quiet."
  • Have fun.  Just do what you do.
  • Don't get too close to the kids at your new school so they won't replace us.
  • When you eat chocolate, be careful not to cover your hands with chocolate or you'll have to clean the books.
  • Do your best and scan some books and sing.
  • When they turn in a book, ask them how it was so that way they know you care about them.
  • You should have fun lessons with the kids.  And don't use big words with small kids.
  • If you want to turn up the volume on a computer while playing a movie, remember to first check the CD volume.  Check the video volume and the stereo volume.
  • Make friends with the students and encourage them but don't be very strict.
  • Talk to kids a lot.
  • If you need help, just ask for help.
  • Always have fun!
Their deep thoughts made me laugh, cry, and think long and hard about running a library.  Stay tuned for Part 2 of their advice!

1 comment:

  1. LOVE IT! Please tell me you had them write them on something that you can save. These are priceless. Tomorrow I will reread and try to put students with advice :)