Today I had one of those stand on a mountain and sing at the top of your lungs moments. No, I didn't travel to the Alps, but to the library at my new school. I thought about unpacking my boxes for about 30 seconds, but couldn't focus on anything except for the books. I was surrounded by them. After standing there and taking it all in, I heard those books talking to me. "Pssssttt. Jenn. Come here. It's okay. You can unpack another day. Come read me!!" I was powerless at that point. I HAD to start looking at our book collection. It felt like a kid on Christmas morning. I can't think of any other profession where your entire classroom is a library and every student is "your" student. At one point I stood in the middle of the library, put my arms out, and spun around just like Julie Andrews does at the beginning of "The Sound of Music."
Yes folks, I realize life as a librarian isn't all unicorns and glitter, but I just want to stay on cloud 9 for a little while longer. Obviously I have LOTS to learn about the day to day functions of running a library, but right now I'm ok not knowing everything. Sometimes it's better not knowing the full gravity of a situation all in one sitting. I'm grateful that there are many supportive people who have offered to help in whatever way possible.
What do you do when you work in a library? You bring home books to read. Duh! After spending 3 hours in the school library, I walked into my apartment carrying 6 issues of School Library Journal, 3 teacher reference books about reading strategies, and 2 William Allen White award nominees. Something tells me this is going to be the best job EVER!!
Even though my birthday isn't until June 17, I'm continuing my week-long birthday celebration, and today's moment was dinner at Freddy's (compliments of a birthday gift card I received today). What a perfect way to end a perfect day!!