Bending the Library Rules for a Super Reader
The best thing about being a School Librarian is that for the most part, my job is uncontroversial. Children love to borrow books, hear stories, sing songs, and discover new treasures. Most children eagerly look forward to library time. One of the greatest values of school libraries is that children get to feel a sense of ownership over a space where they are encouraged to read whatever they choose. As a school librarian, I have the opportunity to support children to make independent choices. And students experience the power of being taken seriously by a grown-up in a position of authority. Their choices matter to me. I welcome independent, critical thinking.
When I first accepted my new position, I learned that children in the Pre-K program are not offered the opportunity to use the school library or to check out books. Shortly after finding out about this rule, one mother who is an active member of the PTA and has a three and a half year old son in the school approached me to ask if her son, who has already begun to read, might be able to check out books from the library. I told her of the school’s policy, but when I met her son, and saw how his eyes lit up when he stepped inside a room full of books, I had to bend the rules.
Since that day, he has become one of my most frequent patrons, stopping by at least two times a week to return books and check out new ones. As a school librarian, there is nothing more gratifying than supporting a beginning reader become a lover of books.