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Liv’s Library

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Liv ‘s Library
Posted by leona on November 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

This was my original presentation idea, write a children’s story about libraries, illustrate it and have it bound. Problem was…..it can not actually draw very well!  After speaking to a fellow student, who mentioned that I did not have to re-invent the wheel, I changed my original idea a bit. So here is my cute, I think adorable story, as it is….a wheel but just a small one.

 Once upon a time there was a girl named Liv whom had curly brown hair and big brown eyes. Liv loved books, and she especially loved new books. She loved the look of the crisp new pages, she loved the uncracked spines, the new glue smell and new adventures that awaited her. When you met Liv she would say, I love books. I love everything about books. One day I will be a librarian. I am the best at reading.

Liv’s Dad said, Liv, you are just a little girl, you need to explore your options. So her Dad took her to the firehall. It was huge and red, with big shiny trucks sitting inside, several firefighters were working on the trucks, one was washing the tires, one was winding up the big hoses and one was sliding on the pole. Look at these firefighters, they are heroes, they help people in trouble, this is a great job. You might want to do this. Everyone loves a firefighter.

A very large firefighter came up to Liv and said, Hello, are you interested in working here? Liv replied this is an amazing place, you are all very talented and very brave. You make great firefighters. But I am a great reader and one day I will be a librarian.

Her Dad said she is very young, she need to explore her options. The next day he took her to the hockey rink. It was a big building and her Dad and her went to look at the Zamboni, it was almost as big as a firetruck and felt very cold. Her Dad said, Liv Look at the Zamboni Driver, he gets to sit on the big beast of a machine and clean the ice for the kids. He makes a lot of kids happy, he even gets to honk the horn at the fans. This is a great job, you might like this.

The Zamboni Driver came over, Hello There. Would you like a ride on the Zamboni? Liv replied, Your Zamboni is very, very large and it is great that it makes the ice so shiny and smooth. The ice looks amazing. But I am a great reader and one day I will be a librarian.

Her Dad said she is very young, she needs to explore her options. The next day he took her to the Police Station. At the police station they had to be buzzed in through a special door. The policeman was wearing a belt with lots of interesting tools and in the back they had special time out rooms for adults . Her Dad said, Liv Look at the officer she gets to use everything on her belt, can drive the police car with the siren shrieking and the loud-speaker going. The police help people in trouble, has a great outfit and everyone is always glad to see them. Just then an officer came to Liv and said, Would you like to join the force?

Liv replied, You are very strong and very brave. You have a cool car and great clothes and the best siren, But I am a great reader and I am going to be a librarian.

So the next day Liv took her Dad to the school library. The teacher librarian came to show them around, there were the rows of beautiful books, the fact ones arranged by numbers, the imagination ones organized by the alphabet. There were books with gold emblem awards, a smart board, e-readers and computers. There was  a cozy spot where kids could sit and read. The teacher librarian said to Liv, would you like to read to the students.

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So Liv picked out the best book in the whole library. She sat in a big chair and when the students came in, she began to read. At first she only had 4 or 5 students listening then there was 6 and soon dozens. Liv, who was a little nervous, kept reading her voice rising and falling as the story progressed and as she neared the end the only noise was Liv’s voice saying,”But because there sitting in the middle of the room was Meena. She was reading a book.”

When Liv first closed the book there was silence, not a sound to be heard. From the back of the room, the clapping began, it was Liv’s Dad. He was clapping and yelling Bravo, Bravo!! He was very loud and very happy.

As Liv and her Dad were leaving the library, he said, The library is a great place. The librarian gets to organize everything here, she gets to explore the internet and she gets to introduce the world to students. Liv, you are a great reader, you love books, I think you should be a librarian.

Liv smiled and said, Dad, I think you are on to something.


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Library Assistants Course

In September when my fall calendar was looking a tad empty, you know like hockey twice a week, curling 3 times a week, running and four kids was not enough, I signed up for the Library Assistants Course through Chinook Learning. The idea was that this would spring-board me into a position at the schools. It is a ten week, 3 hours a week course with great insights into the library world.

Truly I was looking at convenience (school hours) that was the main motivator to registering. In the archives of my youth I had wanted to be a librarian so I could read books for work, ha.

But honestly after listening to the instructor Linda Shantz-Keresztes talk about libraries and her passion for showing students the world through information, I realize librarians are more than glasses and a french roll. Which of course is a total relief as I am a little short on the outfit, that’s right, not quite the total package. No glasses, not enough hair to let down, and not the legs for that cute skirt.

It is a class of about 20 adults, all shapes and sizes, some who have the gift of youth and others who do  not.  There are those with their degree and others with years of volunteer experience, there are students, some with the sharpness of intelligence whose comments are insightful  and decisive and others  sadly,  who are not. It is refreshing to break out those brain cells and set them in motion. It is a class that offers promise and shows glimpses of the world that is librarianship.

So let it be said,  in ten weeks we take on the world.

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