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Sunday at the library!

Sunday at the library!

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My last post was a bit of a downer, so I want to end tonight on a positive note. I invited my student to join me at the library on a Sunday afternoon- just to hang out and read. It was probably one of the most joyful days of my life. I teach in an area whose population are motly immigrants. Most status poverty. The town's library is amazing! Half of my class showed up. One girl had a fever the night before, but insisted she needed to be there. Her parents brought her there, and it took everything in my power not to give them a group hug. It got better. One of my boys arrived with his dad. I told the dad he could stay or come back if he wanted to. He said that he lived too far away. I was confused until I remembered that that boy's parents were divorced. It was his day to be with his son. He lived 45 minutes away from the library. He said "No, my son HAD to be there"! My heart wanted to explode. We will be having another weekend library get together soon. Folks were trying to say how wonderful I was to do that. NOT ME AT ALL! All the credit goes to both the children and their caretakers! Goodnight!

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Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hey Pasquale,

That's awesome! Some of our libraries are closed on Sundays because of funding issues. Throughout the school year. Do libraries in your area work with the schools to execute reading programs?

Pasquale DeVitto's picture

I already spoke about my district's demographic. However, they have one of the best libraries I have ever seen! The children's section is located on the second floor. There is only one way to get in and one way to get out. I would not have invited my children to meet me there if I had any security issues.

Really, I was furious! Then, my students and families arrived. All was well.

ps- We scrunched together at four little tables. To our right was an empty, dark glass-enclosed room with no furniture- only carpet colored benches. Why didn't they unlock that door for us?
The library is only open on Sundays Sept-June.

I thought I would be courteous enough to call the library on Friday to tell the library that there might be a little more traffic in the children's section. I also assured them that it was a casual affair, and they need not make any accomodations. The woman on the phone thanked me for the "heads-up".

So, I got there on Sunday, raced up to the empty children's section, and told the two librarians that some of my students may be showing up to spend a couple of hours at the library.

One of the librarians appeared shocked and angry. She told me that I needed to make an appointment. I became equally shocked and angry. I calmly told her that she did not need to get off of her chair. (BTW, she never did!) I reminded her that my students could, and should, visit the library at any time!

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Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

I remember that when I was in middle school we had literacy programs that involved schools and the local libraries. Both teachers and librarians were encouraging students to spend time reading versus watching TV. Great work! Are there summer reading programs that integrate libraries and schools? Have a great summer!

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