Archive for December, 2010

Being an elementary school librarian…

For the last year and a half I have been working as an elementary school technician.  This work has been stressful, exciting, hilarious, frustrating, and everything in between.  Working with children sucks the very life out of you, and at the same time fills your soul right up to overflowing.   I will be honest, the pay isn’t great, especially considering the amount of energy that goes into the job.  I can’t stress this enough.  Anyone who thinks that being a school librarian must be a nice, quiet, peaceful, gentle career is wrong. DEAD WRONG.  Libraries are busy places, and kids are busy little creatures.  Loud and messy, too.  But it is great to be working.  I know so many people who haven’t found a position yet.  More than that – it’s great to be working at something I love.  I do love it.  I love working with the kids, reading stories to all my classes, introducing new and old stories, authors, illustrators.  If you could know what it is like to pass a child a book that you have known and loved, encouraging them to read it, explaining the many reasons why it is so fantastic, and then have that child come back to you bubbling over with their own well-thought out ideas and opinions about the story, the characters, and the pictures….. it is magic!  And the feeling is no less wonderful when the kid comes back feeling very differently about the book than you yourself did (or do).  Imagine debating with an eight year old the merits, or lack thereof, in a book like The Witches!!  I know am I sounding overly gushy.  As I write this, I find myself reliving every magical moment I have experienced since taking up this library tech gig.  Of course there are downsides.  I hate, hate, hate having to discipline the kids.  I’m not very good at it.  It doesn’t matter if they’re 3 or 13, they just don’t seem to take me seriously when I am expressing displeasure at whatever it is they are doing (standing up in my rocking chair, bouncing up and down at the library desk, having a lightsaber-like duel with musical instruments in the storybook area, pulling non-fiction books off the shelf at random and then shoving them back in a completely different spot – grrrrrrrr).  That’s okay, though.  I am learning to be a better discipliner, although it’s not an easy or pleasant task, and I doubt if it ever will be.

I’m not sure how long I will stay working in the schools.  Maybe something new will come my way.  Whatever the future holds, this certainly is keeping me busy and motivated…and entertained…in the meantime.