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She’s too fond of books, and it has addled her brain…

One of the busiest week in a teacher-librarian’s year is Book Fair week.

This afternoon I was faced with over 20 boxes of books to unpack and arrange on tables according to reading levels and interest.

Even though I was dog tired, looking at those boxes of books filled me with an anticipation and excitement not unlike Christmas morning with the presents all wrapped under the tree.

Books!

I love the look of them, the smell of them, the feel of them and, of course, reading them.

It’s a pleasure just to arrange them on the tables even though it is a two or three hour job after a long day of work.

I could have asked for volunteers – fellow teachers – students – parents.

But I didn’t…

It’s my right  such a privilege to get that first “sneak peek”!

I wanted to do it all by myself.

They are mine  –

gollum gollum

Ahem, excuse me …

Where was I?

Oh yes … opening those boxes of books is one of the highlights of a teacher-librarian’s year –  right up there with ordering new books. These tasks are best done on your own in a quiet library after the students have gone home.

But I have one student library volunteer who is like a hired hand and also as book-crazed fond of books as I am.

She had been casting lustful longing glances at those boxes all day long.

“Can I help unpack the books?” she asked greedily eagerly.

“Uh, I have a class coming in. I can’t do it right now, ” I hedged.

“But,” I added quickly, “thanks for offering!”

Go away – mine!  

“What about later in the afternoon? ” she asked.

As I mentioned earlier, she is my best library volunteer – helpful  – tireless – persistent – tenacious – unyielding … no kid with an overdue book pulls anything over on her!

I cast my best teacher look at her and said, “Aren’t you supposed to be in class?” 

“Miss__   said I could come and help you,” she replied.

drat!

“I could start opening up the boxes  and sorting the books for you, “she pleaded.

bother!

“I won’t be able to get at them until after school” I mumbled, not meeting her eyes.

nasty little library volunteerssss – after my preciousss – gollum – gollum

“I can stay. My Mom will drive me home” she answered annoyingly cheerfully.

But we wants it – we needs it – it is our precioussss!

Oh all right!!”

(Panic! Did I say that out loud? – a quick glance  – phew – she’s still  smiling expectantly) 

“Uh, thank you – really – thanks a lot.”

deep gulp

“I’d really appreciate your help.” 

sigh… 

Ok. I’ll admit it. It was fun to share the excitement.

But …

I took a book home to read and that  is one perk that will remain the teacher-librarian’s.

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11 thoughts on “She’s too fond of books, and it has addled her brain…

  1. Katherine says:

    Hey there! I didn’t know you liked to read…Cute post, Hannah and I got a good chuckle out of your prose, but unpacking books hardly seems like a whale of a time for us jet setters. Enjoy your soft covers, bios, classics, romances, mysteries, westerns and mentoring workbooks.

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  2. You’ve got me laughing out loud over here. I feel the same way about books. Just about kicked out my college roommate when she broke the binding on one of my paperbacks by FOLDING THE BOOK IN HALF.

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  3. Oh, I laughed out loud! That is just too funny!I can understand your greediness, even though I’ve never had the pleasure of being a librarian. Last Wednesday, my husband received a new book at Wednesday evening prayer meeting and I couldn’t rip it from his hands (as is my wont) because, after all, we were at church, ahem. But I WAS the first one to crack it open and read from it when we got home!gollum, gollum

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  4. Perhaps you should have asked her to solve a riddle in order to help you. That would have got her!I am completely envious. I want to be a librarian and sit surrounded by books all day. I would pretend they were all mine!

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  5. Katherine says:

    Hey there! I didn’t know you liked to read…Cute post, Hannah and I got a good chuckle out of your prose, but unpacking books hardly seems like a whale of a time for us jet setters. Enjoy your soft covers, bios, classics, romances, mysteries, westerns and mentoring workbooks.

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