I’m Getting Married: Library Edition [Pt II]
13 Year Old: Miss Ellie I’m sad you’re getting married.
Me: What? Why? Weddings are a happy thing!
13YO: But after you get married you won’t work here anymore…
Me: Wha—? Who told you that?
13YO: Because when you get married you don’t work anymore.
Me: Uh, yeah, that’s not true.
13YO: No, it is. My sister and my Aunt got married and now they just stay home.
Me: A lot of people still work after they are married sweetie.
13YO: I’ll miss you.
Well, there you have it. Marriage is the new retirement.
I’m Getting Married: Library Edition
11Year Old: Miss Ellie, you’re getting married??
Me: Yup, sure am!
11YO: [long pause]Wait…what will we call you after you’re married?
Me: Miss Ellie…?
11YO: No, when you get married you have to change your name! What will we call you?
Me: Your last name…you change your last name…
11YO: [skeptical side eye] Are you sure?
In hindsight, I really missed my chance to reinvent myself here.
Trying to explain to my coworkers why the children adore me and behave better for me even though I’m strict.
How I feel when summer reading ends every year.
Today the library Tweens tried to explain to me that a good selfie is all about angles. I, in turn, tired to explain to them what they look like when getting these “angles”. We agreed to disagree.
Libraries are obsolete?
To those who like to talk about how libraries are going to become obsolete with the advancement of technology: would you care to come explain that to the 12 children who are currently sitting outside on a Saturday morning waiting for my branch to open?
Libraries will never become obsolete as long as there is a need for exploration, adventure, information, and education. I provide all these things, and more, in a safe haven for the children in my neighborhood.
So for those naysayers who believe that the brick and mortar library is a thing of the past; I invite you to come visit me on a Saturday and see what a thriving institution the public library still is. If nothing else you can charge your ebook and enjoy the free wifi.
Made these for our computers after I exhausted my “shhhhhh” voice today.
Recently found this book whilst unpacking at my new house. It’s just a little overdue. In my defense, I’m sure my mother paid the fines for this 28 years ago, so it’s mine fair and square.
Signs that you might be a children’s librarian: your employee of the month award is a stuffed giraffe.