SAY YES! (even when you need a bex & a good lie down)
I'm right in the middle of taking a phone call, or planning an inquiry based lesson, building displays, or marking a roll, or researching a topic for a teacher, returning books to shelves, or a conversation with staff, or administration duties, or running late for a meeting with the Principal, or supervising the facility morning, recess, lunch and after school, or guiding students in their research, or updating OLIVER, or updating social media, or adding resources to the Library Class on Google Chrome, or adding to my blog, or writing an Instagram post about our latest reads, or planning an event, or updating the budget, or etc, or etc.. (the gist here is I am busy, right?) When a voice from behind me interrupts my actions. "Excuse me Ms Yarn:
"Can we use the Fish Bowl Room?" YES, WOULD YOU LIKE THE LEGO BOX TO USE? "Can we have the UNO cards?" YES, LET'S HOLD A UNO COMPETITION THIS TERM! "Can we join the Million Stars Project?" YES, BUT YOU'LL HAVE TO TEACH MISS YARN HOW TO MAKE ONE FIRST. "Can I make a Pom Pom, you will need to show me how?" YES, HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS. "Are we celebrating Easter?" YES, I WILL BRING IN MY BUNNY! "Can we use the kinetic sand? YES! TAKE THE KINETIC SAND AND AN IPAD AND MAKE ME A MOVIE! "Can we help you make costumes for the chickens?" YES, HOW ABOUT AT LUNCH TODAY? "Can we have a LEGO competition?" YES, LET'S TAKE IT TO PUBLIC VOTE ON THE LIBRARY INSTAGRAM PAGE. "Can you get a book in it's called...." YES, WRITE THE TITLE/AUTHOR IN THE STUDENT REQUESTS BOOK ! "Can we get more game boards?" YES, LET'S DO A SURVEY FIRST. "Can anyone join the NINJA Knitting Club?" YES, THE NINJAS CAN EVEN SUPPLY YOUR BAMBOO NEEDLES AND WOOL. "Can we host a mental health free lunch for students?" YES, HOW ABOUT SOME MUSIC? I'LL GET ONE OF OUR STUDENTS TO PERFORM!" "Can you be our Yr 10 Hospitality Master Chef Judge?" THAT WAS SO AWESOME, LET'S HAVE A RESTAURANT NIGHT @ THE LIBRARY!! "Can we have a Seniors Only Area?" YES. HOW ABOUT WE PLAN WHAT THAT COULD LOOK LIKE? "Can we hold a BINGO Night to raise money for Beyond Blue?" YES. I'LL DRESS UP AS 'BERYL THE BINGO LADY'. "Can you tell me what your Halloween costume is this year?" (NO, SORRY..IT'S A SUPER SCARY SECRET) "Can I take Percy the Pom Pom on my overseas trip to Iran?" YES, PHOTOS PLEASE! "Can I have a plastic bag, paper clip, plastic pocket, piece of string, tissue, YES, CHECK THE 'STUFF' BOX. "Can we build the meccano motorbike today? YES GIRLS, SET YOURSELF UP IN THE BOOTH. "Can we sit in the Nanna Couch?" YES IT'S SUPER COMFY. GRAB A MAGAZINE! "Can we have a Share the Dignity Collection Box?" YES! CAN I HELP DECORATE IT?
Schools are always busy places. We juggle many roles. While you might feel like screwing up your face and screaming: BLESS MY COTTON SOCKS! DON'T YOU KNOW HOW MUCH DARN WORK I HAVE TO DO???!!! YOU KNOW THIS PLACE NEVER STOPS, RIGHT? LOOK, WHAT I REAAAAAAAALLY NEED IS A BEX AND A GOOD LIE DOWN!!
Just take a deep breath, smile sweetly and say...YES!
Students will ask the craziest things and at the most inopportune times and it's our job as Teacher Librarians to say YES! (with a smile on our face), as much as we can. Staff are often dropping in on their only 10 minute break for the whole day. In doing so, students and staff will assist you in creating LOVE for the Library.
A Library must be a living, breathing organism, that reflects your individual school community. I say yes, and let the love flow..have the Bex later.