I've been trying to think of something to post about all weekend, and it occurred to me that everyone else is probably feeling as overwhelmed as I am at the moment. The beginning of a new school year is tough for everyone. If you're a new librarian, you may be feeling especially helpless and exhausted. Just know that you're not alone.
The library is running smoothly, generally speaking. Introducing Adopt-A-Shelf has been interesting, and the students are loving it. My students are checking out (and actually reading) chapter books, which makes me very happy. I am planning to show some book trailers for some other books in our library this week, in hopes that they will find some new chapter books to love. It's been a good school year so far.
Despite the positive things that are happening at school, I'm still feeling the general pressures of life. My husband is a high school football coach, so when I get home from school, I have to take care of my four-year-old and two-year-old by myself most nights. I realize that there are a lot of people who do that, but I find it particularly exhausting when also working at school with young children. If you've emailed me lately and I've not answered as quickly as you'd like, that's probably why. It's also the reason you haven't seen heard any new podcasts lately... I'm working on it. 🙂
On the weekends, we've been busy with birthday parties, trying to keep up with our websites, spending quality time together as a family, cleaning the house, and doing about a dozen loads of laundry. That being said, it's been difficult for me to stay on top of things here the way I'd like to. I am working on the 101 Library Centers book resource page. It's taking a little bit longer than I had anticipated because I am creating many of my own resources. I will continue to work on it a little each day until it is complete.
You can also check out the brand new Banned Books Week Mini Lesson Pack. It contains 2 lessons for grades 3, 4, and 5 for a total of 6 lessons. Banned Books Week is September 22-28.
How are things going in your library so far this school year? What would you like to see me work on in the future? Share with us in the comments!