Madwoman Out of the Attic

a feminist trudging forward in a patriarchal world

Monday, November 14, 2005

Library



I am working as a substitute library assistant right now as I type. It's pretty slow at the moment so I have time to do this.

I'm in the children's section at the desk, and I help all the parents and kids that come up to me who need help finding books. I really like this part of library work -- helping kids with projects, finding good historical fiction books for kids, etc. I could definitely see myself doing this as a career.

Problem is I have to get through library school to ever get to this point. Library school is....well, boring. The classes I'm taking are all about managing a library, which quite frankly, I'm not very interested in. I just want to be a literacy advocate who helps kids find information and literature they need. (I also want to have purchasing power to buy whatever books I want for the kids. Fun!!)

One aspect of children's librarianship that I am unsure about is the storytimes. Children's librarians have to read to pre-school age kids and sing songs with them and do crafts with them for 40 minutes a couple times a week. This intimidates me a little since I have never done this. I should probably drop in on my church's primary more often to get a better idea of how you keep little kids' attention.

6 Comments:

Blogger John said...

Can I delegate to you the next time someone asks me to sub for a primary class? :^P

11/15/2005 10:32 AM  
Blogger Guy Murray said...

"I just want to be a literacy advocate who helps kids find information and literature they need. (I also want to have purchasing power to buy whatever books I want for the kids. Fun!!)"

Except but for learning how to manage the library you'd never be able to advocate literarilywise so to speak! :->

11/16/2005 2:17 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

John,
Thanks but no thanks:) My stint in primary a couple of years ago almost drove me to inactivity. (ironically it's going to Relief Society that's driving me to inactivity now)

Guy,
True. Managing is a necessary evil. But I think I'll leave it up to someone else...

11/16/2005 6:06 PM  
Blogger Colin Jensen said...

Hey, I'm also a Mormon Latin Teacher from Cali--there aren't many of us. You should come onto my discussion board, or enable RSS so I can syndicate your posts onto my board... Anyway, holler if you're up for it.

11/18/2005 9:01 AM  
Blogger Colin Jensen said...

Oh, I forgot the central part--my address so you can check it out: It's .

11/18/2005 9:04 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Colin,
Where do you teach?

And sorry, I'm a technoidiot, what does enable RSS mean?

Caroline

11/18/2005 9:37 AM  

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