A Day in the Life of a School Librarian (Or, Why School Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google)

What she said!

Books & Beets

Anyone who works in the LIS field knows that librarians spend a pretty good chunk of their day explaining why their jobs are important/still relevant in the Age of Google. It’s exhausting, to say the least, but I’ve come to realize that these conversations are absolutely vital. As stories of library closures and funding cuts continue to permeate our news cycle, it’s becoming more and more important that we learn to speak up and defend our work — not just for the sake of our careers, but for the benefit of the communities we serve.

Since transitioning from public to school libraries last year, I’ve become much more concerned with the state of our province’s school library programs. Did you know that in 2017 only 52% of elementary schools in Ontario reported having a full- or part-time teacher librarian? (To put things into perspective, that’s down from 80% in…

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It’s Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018!

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Poem in Your Pocket Day began in New York City in 2002. By 2008, when the Academy of American Poets took it on, it had spread to all 50 states.  In 2016 The League of Canadian Poets became involved and that is when I suddenly heard of it.

Red Lake District High School has been taking part in this celebration since 2016.  The first year the poems were printed on small bookmarks and last year they were on ribbon tied scrolls.  The scrolls were so popular that we did it again this year (with a different selection of poems).

This year we selected 3 poems to give away from the fabulous selection provided by the League of Canadian Poets.ca

This year we gave out: Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St. Vincent Millay ; When Giving is All We Have by Alberto Rios and Migrations by Eleonore Schonmaier.

I was very pleased that the League of Canadian Poets had included a poem by Eleonore who is a graduate of Red Lake District High and a wonderful, award-winning poet.  Last year, with her permission we gave out 2 of her poems.  There are many local people who remember Eleonore when she lived in Madsen (a small mining town in the Red Lake District), and it is great for the students to know that our little area has produced such a talented poet.

Here is a link to Eleonore’s website with a post about Poem in Your Pocket Day including a lovely postcard version of the selected poem:

via Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day

Library Wall Art

Last year students in Mrs Kristoff’s Leadership class decided to add to the Library decor by adding something eye-catching to the library’s walls.  It was a long process deciding first what they wanted to do, where they wanted to put it, ordering it and finally getting it put on the wall.

Yesterday was the big day all their labour was finally realized!  A big thank you to the students who put this all together and also worked on getting it on to the wall.  Also, we appreciate the help of our maintenance staff Mrs Magel and Mr Aucoin for their assistance.Leadership wall art



Leadership students

Here are my hard-working students in action — L to R: Cassidy Johnson, Rebecca McFee, Amy-Dawn Langanki




Library Camouflage

I would dearly love to own some clothing like this!

Not that I am trying to hide or anything, it just suits my Geeky sensibilities!
Library fashion camo

Librarian In Library Dress GIF from Librarydress GIFs

This is a gif made from an episode of Mr. D – the crazy CBC comedy about an incompetent teacher with illusions of grandeur.  (Link) It’s like if Trump was teaching school — but actually not even that bad!  This character is Miss Terdie the librarian, whom Mr. D. dislikes immediately because he thinks she is trying to steal his name. (You might have to say their names one after the other… get it?)  This outfit was Miss Emma Terdie’s choice for her staff photo!

I must have been thinking of this because it’s going to be picture day in the library again soon.  February 5 and 6 the library will be closed for Grad photos.  Retakes take place on the morning of February 5th only.

Keeping smiling!


Wishlist Donations!

This morning I found a box from Amazon.ca in my mailbox.  Hmm, I didn’t order any books, I thought.  I was hoping perhaps I had received a donation from the Library Wishlist, but also trying not to be too optimistic.  Now I am almost wishing I had filmed the unboxing because I had two, make that three,  very nice surprises.

The first was that yes, they were donations for our library.  The second one was that there were three books, not just one (which would have been lovely too!).  The third (and most surprising) was that they were from my daughter!  She certainly knows how to make her mama happy!

The books are:  The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury (a classic that I was very sad not to see on our shelves);  The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, (a Canadian classic and very timely right now) ; and Girl Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, by Mayim Bialik (who is a Ph.D and is also known as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory).

I can easily see why my girl made these choices, after all, she has a Masters Degree in Science, and she is also an independent, strong-willed, successful woman.  But I thought I would ask her anyway.  Her response was that she couldn’t resist the chance to inspire students with a passion for science and feminism.

Here is one student who is already eager to read at least one of these books!

Donated books- Hailey likes one

Hailey can’t wait to read The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.