In Which I have to reflect on my attitude…
Last Friday, a diminutive fifth grader handed me a water damaged-no cover HARRY POTTER book. She wanted to use it as an exchange for a “lost” library book. She’d checked out CLEMENTINE’S LETTER in January so while overdue, I’m not sure I’d consider it lost.
Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal but this fifth grader is one of the few children that I am ashamed to say can annoy me. And she’s in the library constantly. So in a cranky pants moment on Friday, I explained to her that I wouldn’t be accepting the replacement book because no one would check it out for one and because the reading levels weren’t a match.
One of my observations about this child is she’s could be a future hoarder. She collects things and I began to wonder if she was swapping out books. So I decided I better email her mom and explain about the attempted book exchange. Except I emailed her step-mother at first and then her mom. At any rate the step-mom contacted the bio mom(it appears that it’s not most amicable situation) and by the end of the day, both mom and step-dad were in the library to talk (even though I had a second grade class).
Her mom explained that the HARRY POTTER book was in a box of books that were left outside. When her daughter saw this she was upset as “how could anyone treat books that way?” The icing on the cake was when her mom told me how she wants to be a librarian when she grows up. So after letting me know that books were being returned and apparently the step-mom wants to have her library privileges suspended, they left.
This interaction gave me pause. Here is this little person who would rather be in the library than outside at recess and she wants to be a librarian. Was I missing an opportunity? Was I being the tolerate, loving person I like to think I am?
So I am going to have a chat with her this week. I am going to see if she’d like to become a library helper. I will keep you posted.
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