Following on from dealing with the “Too hard basket”, I’ve been cleaning through the various trays of accummulated garbage on my desk. I’ve just thrown out spare copies of the posters for the old Chess Club, Anime Club and Middle Years Book Club. All three were failed attempts to get students to use the library at lunchtime. There are many reasons why the library is quiet at lunchtime. A lot of it is historical and I’ve given up trying to change a well-established culture. These days I run a Lego Club twice a week in one of the classrooms. Those posters were pretty cool considering my lack of design skills and appropriate tools (no, really, I do still use Microsoft Publisher).
There’s a section of my desk I reserve for the “too hard basket”. I’ve been ploughing though this of late and I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that none of it is actually particularly hard. Some of it’s been there for over 12 months! I think I might have to rename it the “Can’t be bothered with right now” basket. I really have to question why I put all that stuff there in the first place.
Today is HP Lovecraft’s birthday. By some strange coincidence, one of the Geek Boys is walking around with a Cthulhu puppet. The puppet’s name is Bubbles. Geek Boy had no idea of the coincidence. He was impressed, however, that I knew it was Cthulhu.
The collection I work with contains a lot of old material. I think my predecessors did very little weeding. I have already re-homed over 3000 books but there is still a long way to go.
I often offer the weeded books to staff to look through. I am very happy if the books find new homes rather than ending up in landfill. The other day, a teacher commented “How come you only get rid of the rubbishy books?”
I feel guilty about weeding Tamora Pierce and Glyn Parry. It’s just the doubles I’m weeding, though. I’m not quite ready to remove them from my library just yet.
We had some some students visiting from other schools today. It’s something we do quite regularly. Today, one of them was in the Library for a reading session. I think he thought he’d trick me or weird me out or something by asking for a My Little Pony book. He seemed rather surprised when I asked if he was a Brony. Clearly I wasn’t meant to know about Internet stuff (being old and all that). I gave him a Paul Jennings book and he seemed happy with my selection.