I have to say the first week of school was a great success. At least in my opinion and in our library it was! It was great to finally have some customers coming and going through the library!
The second day of school the library began it's "new library - welcome to the library" orientation. I had all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELA classes come into the library for a little "get to know your librarian and your new library" kind of library orientation. I wanted to get to them all in so they could hurry up and start checking out.
The second day of school I counted 13 little eager beavers I very sadly had to turn away in the morning before school. I could tell they were our little natural readers eager to get into the library and get their hands on all the shiny new books. They had to all go through orientation before checking out since we were in our opening year and needed to know our new library's policies and procedures. Needless to say I broke 13 reader hearts that day. <sad face>
Something different I'm considering for next year...orientation. I don't believe 8th and maybe even 7th graders absolutely need a library orientation before checking out. They pretty much know the ways of the library and should get it by now. Maybe next year I can just do a quick video to watch on their own, maybe on youtube from home, on their own time if they want to come in and checkout before their first class visit? Hmmmm, something to ponder for next year...
ALTHOUGH, I will say the whole self-checkout process is NOT self explanatory for ANY grade level. If I thought it was difficult teaching the Littles to do the self-checkout the older kiddos are just as bad. The MS kiddos, with their "I-got-this-I-know-all-about-computers" attitude, get to the checkout screen and either click at everything not "getting this" or just stare at it lost as to what to do. Make note: the self-checkout process must still be taught even to the 8th graders!
And, seriously, what! is! the! deal! with not knowing the difference between check-IN and check-OUT!?!?! Aye, I feel a rap/dance ensemble coming on to teach this!
The sheer excitement and thrill from some of those little 6th graders the minute I mentioned Minecraft was enough to tell me I simply MUST have a Minecraft club. I'm also very excited about it but I do have to be honest and admit that I'm also quite terrified about it. My 5yr old and 8yr old know all about it, love it, and can maneuver around it like it's a real world they're living in. But I know nothing about it at all! I've tried playing and it actually gives me a headache and I get so frustrated with it because I can't seem to stop making my person come down from flying or come out of the water. It's quite annoying for me when I can't get technology! I guess I know what it's like for others when Microsoft comes out with an update and changes everything. LOL!
I always play music in the library throughout the day. About the only time there isn't music playing is when I'm teaching a lesson. You can find smooth jazz playing, sometimes easy pop, sometimes Michael Buble all day long but lately it's been the Beatles ballads. Yea, since I'm the librarian, I'm the DJ! This was a conversation I had with a student...
Student - Is that the Beatles playing?
Me - Yes!
Student - Hmmm. Very retro. Very cool, Mrs. B.
Me - Oh good! I'm glad you like it!
Student - Yea, it's a pretty comfortable place in here. Too bad I can't stay in here all day, huh.
And that was my objective when I took on creating this library space. A calm, cool, and comfortable space where learning and creativity can be inspired for my students.