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Maybe this has happened to you. It happened to me again today. One of my
very favorite things about my job. I got to see a middle schooler skip for
joy over getting a book! 
This time it was a sixth grade girl who had been coming in every day to ask
for a particular book in a series. The minute I saw her, I told her it was
here. When she got it, she clutched it to her, and SKIPPED out of the
I've seen it several times a year in the five years that I have been a
middle school librarian. It hasn't just been girls, either. Some of my boys
have skipped for joy over books, too! Each time it happens, I try to freeze
the image in my brain.  That way, when all those silly, annoying parts of
the job start piling up, I can balance them against that image of a middle
schooler skipping with joy holding a book and remember that I have the best
job in the world! 
It is amazing how far those good images can carry you.
Mary Melaugh
Marshall Middle School Library
Billerica, MA

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