Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Perks of Being a Librarian

We all know that being a librarian has its perks, but here’s one not many get to experience.
From Cheryl Beatty in Fairfield, CT:
“I usually learn of the Newbery Award winners via a press release. Not so in 2003. That was the year that I got a personal announcement from a winner whom I’d never met. Patricia Reilly Giff called my school library saying that she’d just won the Newbery Honor for Pictures of Hollis Woods. She wanted to share the good news with her grandson who was a sixth grade student. A former teacher herself, Ms. Giff was afraid the school office staff would be unwilling to pull the child out of class, but she knew a librarian would. She was right!”

Wow! Thank goodness she didn’t hang up, thinking it was a prank call!
But hearing from students can be just as exciting as hearing from famous people. Check out this great story from R. Jean Gustafson in Washington. (No pun intended!)

"With only two grades I do not worry about remembering names as much as making connections with my kids. I do not remember the initial meeting with this student, (knowing me, I probably saw her choice and said you don’t want that, try this!) I do remember by the time she left my campus she was a happy teen with a group of friends and not one bit afraid to talk. [This is a letter she sent me.]

'Mrs. Gustafson, when I was in Jr. High we both know that I read more books in a day then talked to people. Books were my escape and you were the mysterious stranger come to direct me in the right direction (That’s not redundant at all!) You opened the door of Fantasy, from Tamora Pierce to Jack Whyte; you have solidified my love for that genre.
Words are not enough to express my gratitude but they are all I have to give, those and this picture. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be recommending a book to a shy timid student, written by me!'

We never know what students we will reach; many won’t say thanks as she did. Her picture and message sit proudly on my treasure shelf!"

Librarians are changing lives on a daily basis!
But did you know?????
!!!!It's time for LIBRARY FUN FACTS!!!!

Say the word library and most of us picture a cozy building filled with books. Sure there are computers as well, and magazines. Some libraries even have a fireplace. The building might be sprawling or cozy, but really we’re just talking variations on a theme. All over the world, however, some libraries have gotten very creative. Here, we’ll show you what we mean.

Here is a library train in Thailand.

This donkey pulled library wagon brings books to readers all over Kenya.

This library boat travels the world.

This space age library looks like it's from the future, but it's really from California.

What's the most unusual library you've ever visited?


Anonymous said...

Very cool!

Travis Erwin said...

I love those libraries. I'm sad to say I've never been to what I'd call a unique library.

Anonymous said...

Great pics. The picture of the library in California is driving me and my husband (both native Californian's) nuts--we're sure we've seen it before. Can you share what city it's in? :)

The Class of 2k8 said...

It's the Geisel library at UCSD.

Barrie said...

Those photos are fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm usually just a lurker, but I'll bite...

The public library a few towns over from me has its children's section built into an old caboose: http://www.bridgevillelibrary.org/ein/bridgevl/index.html

And yet they want to build a new library, how about that?

M.P. Barker said...

The donkey library wagon is definitely my favorite!