Student Advocacy

So yesterday, a small group of students were playing “Are You Smarter than a Librarian?” with me in the library before school in honor of National Library Week. One student (who rarely comes to the library) was also in the lab working on a project. Before we started the game I was sharing the history behind National Library Week and what it takes to become a librarian. The student who rarely comes to the library was halfway listening as he worked.

This boy stopped me mid sentence with this quote: “Wait a minute…wait a minute. You are telling me a librarian has to have a Master’s degree? Why? All they do is shelf…” but the poor kid didn’t even get to finish. Because you see in that group of students I had kids who I’d taught one on one lessons, students in both of the two clubs I sponsor, one student I mentor, students who participate in library events before school, a reluctant reader who can’t chose her own books, and students I’d just finished doing research with in class. I couldn’t hear all their responses, but let’s just say he left knowing that I do more than shelf books…and I didn’t even have to say a word.

It was humbling to know that my target audience really does get with I do on a day-to-day basis (for the most part).  I did help the student involved save a little face by agreeing that yes, I still do shelf books, but that is certainly not ALL I do.

National Library Week

This week is national library week. I hope you are doing great things in your library. If you love a librarian you can show it by going to the library anytime this week to check out books!

In our library we are creating book trailers, having book talks, and playing Are You Smarter than the Librarian. Ummm I sure hope I win. 🙂

What are you doing in your library that is worth sharing? @poetryofwords or add your comment.