Having my own daughter enjoy reading, writing and sharing her experiences with me and her dad is extremely important to me. Every night I read with her and we sing all the time! Reading has to be made fun, books are fabulous for the imagination and to help little personalities grow. Every parent should join the library, or just buy one book and share the joy of literature with their children.
If parents had an extra 30 minutes to spend with their children, one in seven would spend it reading them a story, according to a new survey. Reading was the third most popular choice, with playing a board game second. They survey was conducted for children’s food range Junior’s Pantry and found that outdoor activities was what most parents would do, with more than half of respondents choosing it.
Playing a board game beat reading a story with your child? Oh dear. Find those 30 minutes (or even 15) parents!
News Briefs, CILIP Update magazine, April 2012. http://www.cilip.org.uk
Librarians cannot tell if the books in your hands are overdue.
We don’t even know if they’re checked out.
We can’t smell an overdue book and there is not special sixth library sense.
It’s up to you, the patron, to be on top of your game and know when your ish is due. We see too many people every day to stop and think, “You know, I haven’t seen Tom here in weeks! His book must be overdue. Tisk.”
Nope. Heck, we won’t even get mad at you if you come up and say, “Hey, I’ve got some late fees.” We appreciate it when you are honest and pay them. It’s when you argue with us that we have a problem.
In fact, librarians are pretty cool people after all.
This is true. However we wonder if we haven’t seen our regulars for a while, but we wonder if they are okay, not if their books are overdue. We don’t have a sixth sense about late books, but I do seem to have a sixth sense if a book is on a shelf and shouldn’t be there due to it belonging to another borough’s library service!
The other odd request I had recently (see below for number 1) was for mucus.
Yes, really, mucus.
The borrower then proceded to tell me that he felt that he always has too much mucus within his body…
I got a hug today from a little boy. We had ordered in one of the Oxford Reading Tree books, The Stolen Crown - Part 1 for him.
When I told him that we had ordered it in especially for him, he gave me a massive hug! It was very sweet of him. I needed it too, it was a stressful day today. One of the many jobs I did today included clearing up all napkins/serviettes that had rude words and pictures drawn on them. We have a problem with teenagers trespassing round the back of the library property, and we think they did it.
Left In The Library: Football Match Ticket
I found this used as a bookmark in a book last year. I forgot to note what book this was left in, sorry!
A Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club match ticket from a match between Dagenham & Redbridge vesus Carlisle United on Saturday 30th April 2011. The ticket is printed on card, with red top and bottom margins. The background of the ticket is an image of Dagenham & Redbridge’s football ground, with ‘Daggers’ (D & R’s nickname) watermarked over it with the club’s coat of arms.
Dagenham & Redbridge is the football team for the London boroughs of Dagenham and Redbridge, which are situated in the North East of the city. I researched this match and found that the final score of the game was 3-0 to Dagenham & Redbridge, so no surprise that this ticket’s owner kept it!