Books, books and more books.
I work now among them every day.
This is my job this school year, a job within my job. It’s terribly amazing the way a librarian teacher (or a librarian ) can cooperate with the entire school.
We do not just sit at a desk and hand up books when required. NO! I (we are a team of 3) work at a so-called “integrated” school, meaning here we have kids from the 1st school year till the ninth, aged between 6 and 14/15.
Our role is to encourage and motivate pupils to use the library as an excellent learning resource. Besides having good technological equipment (PCs; TVs; DVDRs that kids can handle with / without our help; a printer, a scanner and a copy machine), the whole room has plenty of space and is full of daylight; it is furnished with individual, pair and group tables, couches and puffs for the small ones, simply but nicely decorated and always, but always very clean.
Back to our responsibilities and parallel activities, somehow, we try to “detect” here learning handicaps, social disintegration, behaviour problems, (…) giving the teachers the feedback of our “diagnosis”. It’s not always possible nor easy for them having so large classes (around 30 members) to pay attention to every single thing of every pupil. Besides there sometimes kids that, being so shy and / or insecure (yes! They do still exist!) end up being unnoticed.
Here at least they have to “register” themselves, saying their name / class and what they intend / have to do. This information is later on
I watch them so pretty organized on the shelves, some of them never ever picked up, others rarely, others (those kids really love!) often taken home to be read.
I’ve always loved them since I was a kid. I even use(d) to call myself a bookworm (“rat de bibliothèque”, so call it the French and so do we, literally translated as “rata(o) de biblioteca”).