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Kate wrote:

"The first said, "Now I am assuming that you had to finish high school to
qualify for this position, correct?"  The second asked if I had to go to
college, a 4-year college, to be a librarian. "

I had a similar question from a kid once. I had my 2 master's degrees by the time I 
was 25 and when I was 32, a student who used the library everyday once asked me, 
"Miss, do you want to go to college?"

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"Ten guards and the warden couldn't have torn me out of those books. Months passed 
without even thinking about being imprisoned....I had never been so truly free in 
my life." - Malcolm X 

"Some kids go to the library ... Others to the street. But they can't go to the 
libraries if the libraries are closed." - Officer Dombranski, NYPD 

"Kids are living stories every day that we wouldn't let them read." -Josh Westbrook 

"The best morals kids get from any book is just the capacity to empathize with 
other people, to care about the characters and their feelings. So you donít have to 
write a preachy book to do that. You just have to make it a fun book with 
characters they care about, and they will become better people as a result." - 
Louis Sachar 

"Our schools are filled with kids who have been treated badly all their lives. They 
don't tell anyone, because there is shame in being treated badly. Many-girls and 
boys-have been sexually mistreated. Still others struggle in fear with sexual 
identity. They respond with eating disorders, cutting, suicidal thought or action. 
I can't tell you how many letters I've received from kids who found a friend in one 
of my books, a character who speaks to them. And if I get those letters, think of 
the letters Walter Dean Myers, or Lois Lowry, or Judy Blume get, thanking us for 
letting them know, through literature, that they are not alone. In light of all 
that, there's really only one thing to say to the censors. Shut up."-Chris Crutcher



-----Original Message-----
From: School Library Media & Network Communications on behalf of Kate Brown
Sent: Thu 12/24/2009 12:41 PM
To: LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
Subject: Slap in the face . . .
 
In my last position, I was the Library Director at a private secondary
school.  Though not ranked in the "top tier" of private schools academically
by national ranking organizations, many of the administrators and faculty
members acted as if the school was at least in the "top tier," if not
higher.  

 

Over the course of my run at the school, not one but two faculty members
approached me, face-to-face, on separate occasions, with almost the same
question (which always made me wonder how many others there were with the
same question who did not have the gumption to ask).  

 

The first said, "Now I am assuming that you had to finish high school to
qualify for this position, correct?"  The second asked if I had to go to
college, a 4-year college, to be a librarian.  

 

I cannot count how many times while I was at the school that I was obliged
to tack "I am a member of the faculty" onto introductions to parents and/or
to other professionals visiting the campus. 

 

If one more teacher began a planning session with, "Have you ever written a
lesson plan before?  Do you know what a lesson plan is?" I had decided I
would stand up, gather my things, and after pleasantly leaving the room,
send each person on the planning team an A++ lesson plan entitled "Lesson
Plans: Their Use and Misuse."

 

Kate Brown, M.Ed., M.S.

kbrown@brevisconsult.com

Mattapoisett, MA

 


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