I’m into my third week of summer vacation and loving every hectic and relaxing minute of it. I have been back to the school library a few times to water plants, check on the mail that piles up over the summer, and just visit with office staff.
Today after stopping by the school library, I headed over to my local pubic library branch (two libraries in one day – nirvana!). I had to return a couple of public library books that had been left in lockers at school (those rascally kids!) and also turn in one of my book reviews for our public library’s Rock and Read summer reading program.
As I walked in the door, I heard my name being called – one of my favorite students was in the library with her aunt checking out a load of books to carry home. When I asked her if she was participating in the teen summer reading program, she said “no” and then gave her aunt a strange look. Turns out her aunt reads as much as she does and wasn’t participating in the adult reading program.
So here I am, a school librarian, encouraging one of my students and her aunt to join the public library’s summer reading program. Then up walks another one of my students who is also – gasp – not participating in the summer reading program. Can I keep my mouth shut? Or do I urge her to sign up, too? Whadda ya think?
“Relaxing on the Beach” by Andrew Osterberg