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.
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…
my right such a privilege to get that first “sneak peek”!
I wanted to do it all by myself.
They are mine –
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
“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.
“I could start opening up the boxes and sorting the books for you, “she pleaded.
“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
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.”
“I’d really appreciate your help.”
Ok. I’ll admit it. It was fun to share the excitement.
I took a book home to read and that is one perk that will remain the teacher-librarian’s.