To say that I was excited about this new school year was an understatement. I was over the moon, super duper, giddy like a kid in a candy store excited! Was I nervous? You better believe it! I was excited to get the party started but I was scared out of my mind. I was on a crazy roller coaster ride of emotions with ups and down and topsy-turvey I’m-going-to-hurl kind of feelings. The minute I was offered the job I screamed out of excitement but just seconds later I was breathing hard frantically thinking, “Oh, geez, what did I just get myself into?”
Yes, I was excited but I have to admit I was also so very nervous. I went from the majority of my career in elementary with the Littles to the big ol' teens. GULP! Did I make the right move? Would I be just as happy if not happier than I already was in my current position at the middle school? Would I be successful in this new and very different position? Would I be able to make a difference in this library and with these students? Would I be able to learn all the new curriculum? Would I be able to be the collaborative partner with the high school teachers? Would my super cheesy ways be too cheesy for the older teens?
When the school year officially started (finally!) and the library doors finally opened to welcome the students in, I was ready! Ready to meet them all. Ready to book talk. Ready to checkout books. Ready to have some library fun! I was excited to open the doors and welcome the teens to their library and, of course, to their new librarian!
My goals for this new school year, in my new-to-me school and grade level were simple:
- Get! Kids! In! The! Library!
- Make the library the place to be for all and make sure they knew this.
- Encourage a reader life to students, staff, and everyone that came into Stevens HS.
- Collaborate and partner with teachers in teaching their curriculum.
Sure there were other goals such as weeding and getting to know the collection but for me it comes down to people before stuff. My goals were established, the year had finally started, my excitement was palpable but, as with all change, kids were hesitant at first. They came in slowly and a bit shy but soon they got to know me and the library quickly became the place to be in the mornings and during both lunches. Having a library full of students studying, reading, working, eating, gaming, and hanging out is exactly what I had visions of our school library to be.