I’ve been volunteering on the Children’s Reference Desk at Cedar Park Library this past week as their Summer Reading Program (Dig into Reading) starts. If I needed any confirmation that I love what I’m going to school to do, this week provided it for me.
“Tell the librarian what you like and she will find you a book that you’ll love. That’s how it works.”
That was a direct quote from an 8 year old boy to his little brother as he brought him up to the reference desk to ask for help finding a book. My response in my heart was, “Oh my God, YES! Of course that’s what happens at the library and I WILL find you a book that you love!” in reality I said, “That’s right, what kind of books do you like? And I’ll see what I can do.”
I was able to help him find a few books he liked. He wanted books on the night and the sun. I found him the 2009 Caldecott winner, House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson and the 1975 Caldecott winner, Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale by Gerald McDermott. I was also able to turn him on to Pete the Cat (my favorite!!) because his brother told him he needed a funny book.
This is the part of the working at the library that I love. I love helping kids find books that they want to read and helping to turn them into readers.
Anyone have any similar stories? Please leave them in the comments!