I have never been one to attend conferences and enjoy them. Nor have I attended many events, thinking ooh, I’m really going to miss this if it stops. After contemplating this assignment for a few hours and wracking my brain, I did come up with a weekly event that would break my heart if it ended. Library Club!
Established at our local school by myself, the Library Club meets every Thursday during lunch hour. At first children clamoured to join and organised chaos ensued every Thursday with books’ name thrown about as we wildly discussed favourite authors and upcoming children’s stories. Over time, the numbers decreased and only the stalwart readers have remained.
This has not diminished my love for the club. Seeing the children sitting in weird and wonderful positions on their bean bags or on stools whilst pouring over the new additions ordered into our library is a joyful sight. Merry laughter permeates the shelves as someone finds the book called ‘Snot Jokes’! We giggle at the silly jokes and I refer a wayward student who does not believe history can be fun to the Horrible Histories comics.
Unfortunately this is not a paid job and my family fight with me on the value of volunteering my time for nearly two years versus finding a paid job in a ‘real’ library. It comes to the point closer to the end of term where I make the hard decision to quit. Within days I revoke my decision and put my name down for another term of running my club.
My biggest fear is, if I decide to stop volunteering in our local school library, no-one will step up to encourage and assist the children. My hard work will dissolve into nothing and the library will return to the chaos I found it in a few years ago. This is enough to keep me signing up for the next term and the next. But at some point I have to ask myself where it ends. Bills have to be paid and my books do not write themselves!
If anyone has the answer, I would love to hear from them as this is an ongoing dilemma I have no way of resolving myself.