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Jo Dervin wrote:
> My Media Center is a friendly place where all are welcomed- teachers and
> students alike. If I make an enemy over a book it is not worth it. A
> class can sense when a teacher and a Media Specialist are on friendly
> terms and when they are not. It is easier for all to grit your teeth and
> forget the whole thing.

I like Jo's philosophy. I remember giving a brand new copy of McKissack's
Christmas in the Big House (before it was even shelf ready) to a very
grateful teacher one year. She later claimed she never had it. Of course it
really bothered me because it was both beautiful and new but also a great
curriculum tie in. I did however bite my tongue, I just felt that that was
the best way to go. Now after many more years I agree that what you gain in
goodwill is much more valuable than the cost of the book which I simply
replace the following year. I have been in school libraries that are
maintained like museums and I don't mean to offend but that just is not what
our mission is.
Sandy Kelly
Library Media Specialist
Carlisle, MA 01741

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