Today's Member of the Week is Patti Updike. Patti works at Carr Elementary School in Dallas, NC. She has been a school librarian for fourteen years.
We asked Joy some questions about her experience as a school librarian and we would like to share them with you.
What's your favorite thing about your job as a school librarian?
Talking with students about the books we have both read. When my students are proud of themselves when they have success in seeking information that is important to them. Watching the student who recently learned a life skill, locating the books they love, share this knowledge with a friend who shares their passion. There is a strut to their walk after they say, "I'll show you where that is!". I am so proud of that new leader.
Name one children's book that you couldn't live without in your library.
I ain't gonna paint no more by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
Tell us why you decided to join the Elementary Librarian Community. What's your favorite thing about it?
As the lone SLMC in our school, I miss having someone who knows our job to talk to about issues that arise daily. I really cherish the time I get to spend with my colleagues. The Elementary Librarian Community helps fill in the gaps between emails, texts and meetings with my SLMC friends in the county.
What's the biggest challenge you're currently facing when it comes to your school library?
I am frustrated when a student or teacher seeks an item that we do not have in our collection. The challenge in our district has been the lack of funding for our school media centers . My colleagues and I would feel valued and appreciated if we were provided funds to keep up with curriculum demands that are put on our collection. Over the years, each of my Principals have provided funding to the media center as much as they can.
If you could give one piece of advice to a brand new school librarian (or someone considering becoming a school librarian), what would it be?
Keep your love of students, their curiosity and sense of wonder in your heart always. Be willing to think outside whatever "box" you are handed and be flexible.