The daily life of a Middle School Library Media Assistant.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dream Big

Today I only worked a little bit on my books because I got swept up in other things. The school district made a decision to let go of all book and textbook fines for the students that are going on to 9th grade. That's a ton of money at a time when we are looking at a reduced budget for the next two years. So the middle schools all got together and created a spreadsheet of how many library books would be waived and then how many textbooks would be waived and the cost of all that, just for the middle schools. Mine alone came to about $6K and we have eleven middle schools. That's a ton of money. Then I started to work on getting a PowerPoint together of getting in a Span Wall in the library. I need to get the picture off this web page here (!) for a slide. Then did a drawing of the library and how it's arranged now with my Envisioned Library! We are all losing our computer labs over the summer, so they are looking at what to do with that space, so I drew it all out (I am no architect draftsperson!!) and gave a timeline for things to do, and how to go about my idea! Then I wrote down some great reasons why, statistics on library use - we only used the table area of the library about 30% of the time this year. If we had the Span Wall??? I bet it would be in use all the time!! I am really excited about it! Though I doubt it will happen, I can still ask and show the benefits! Three day weekend!

Thursday, May 25, 2017


I spent a lot of time with my new books today. They were so cute! I sat up at the front desk and put strips in, put in their due date slips with the 'New - 5/2017' 'Diversity Grant' and Leslie Due Date. Then I went into their records and recorded in the copy notes that they were "Diversity Grant Spring 2017". Then I took scrap paper (8.5x11 cut in 4th's) with what their diversity was on it. Then Mrs. H from Sprague came with 4 boxes of books she cleaned out of her library and were appropriate for middle school, so I got in 4 more boxes of books! Most in excellent shape!! Can't wait to fondle them tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Overdue/Lost Notices

That's what I spent all my time on today. Printing them up, then seeing when and with who the students had their Language Arts classes. There were about 400+ so yeah, that took up most of my day. Sorted them into teacher piles, then sorted those by periods. Delivered them up to the teacher boxes for handing out tomorrow and sent an email to the teachers to let them know that's why they had piles of papers in their mailboxes! But the best part of the day was when I was nearly finished, the last of my grant books arrived!!! 33 of them!!! So after I finished up the notices, I checked in all the books, checked them against my grant list and fondled them for the last 20 minutes or so of my day. Pure bliss!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lost Books

So I have a grand total today of 345 lost books. That's after I sorted through the list, took out teacher and just concentrated on student books. So, not too bad. And the grand total of found books was 18! That's more than I thought I'd find. So, some kids will be very happy! I also found two Avatar books that had swapped barcodes. When I looked for two of them lost, one number came up, but for a different title. I pulled them all and went through until I found the other one with the swapped barcode and just printed new barcodes and put them on the right book! Took down my last two displays and put up a new ALA poster,  Greek Out - Read! Since our classes are doing their mythology unit. I also printed up some book covers to put around it. Put up the 'Reading Makes you Smile' on the Rene Telgemeier 'Smile' book and put up some inflatable happy face flowers around it. Did some laminating as well today. Cleaned up some shelving while I was looking around for lost books. A very good day! 4 weeks to go!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Some Lost are Found

Today I took up my handy lost books list at 500 strong and got to around #320 or so today. I think I found about 6 lost books, so not very many. Had two classes in to check out math books today and two classes in to check in/out library books. Checked in some country books for a teacher then checked her out others. Lots of walking from shelf to shelf looking for those books. Will hopefully finish tomorrow. Had three computer classes in using the library tables today too. 

Friday, May 19, 2017


Was a pretty quiet day in the library. I did make some commemorative  bookmarks for my BOB students.  I was upset when I had put in an announcement fir them and it didn't get read. I called the office right away!! Those kids deserved it!! Now they have to wait until Monday.  Admittedly the office was swamped with teachers out today, but I was still angry that my announcement got missed. Three rest of the day was light, a few students in here and there. I actually did some reading! Got all the bits of math books put away. Also all the lit books.  Everything looked good,  computers all off, shades down, looked really nice. Off for the weekend, supposed to be nice!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2nd Place Team Tacocat!!

I am so excited our district Battle of the Books team took 2nd place this afternoon over at Houck Middle School! I left school about 3:10 this afternoon and met them over at Houck. The battle started at 4pm and ended around 4:50! Everyone knew that the FBI team would win and I was thinking Tacocat had a good chance at 2nd or 3rd, but was so happy when they got 2nd!! They beat out the third place team by only 1 point! I am so proud of them! We had our final meeting during A lunch today and I had to do a bit of finagling for one of our students. His mom doesn't have a car, so she was going to come by the school using the bus, pull him out of class early, then they had to ride the bus all the way into downtown, then take another bus back out to Houck. A good couple of hours. Luckily, one of the other boys called and asked his dad if the other boy could ride over with them, and he said yes. What wonderful parents we have at our school! That was amazing on a nearly last minute notice! We battled ten other teams from around Salem, so I am very proud of their 2nd place finish! Had two classes in to check in/out books today. Did another math book set, I think we are getting about done. Did some laminating before I left today. A fairly quiet day in the library! Needed that! I even got to shush (!) students today while Ms. V had prospective students in today for an AVID presentation! I love my job!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Got back all our Mostly True Adventues of Homer P. Figgs books in this morning. There were about 25 of them all from different schools, so I had to check them all in, then out to the school they came from, then put each one into an in district mailer. That took time!! I had a whole copy paper box filled with envelopes. Glad for the lending though and pout a note on each book back that we were very grateful for the loan.  I get so excited when a box of books comes in! Huzzah! My order from Scholastic from the Book Fair arrived today and first things first, check them against the invoice. Then I took them and the other books that have come in that were donated and others, and prepped them all, stamping them with the Leslie stamp in three places each and writing up the books for a list to put in the carton with them. Did a bunch of deletions out of my emails today, the whole gone and dead. I had over 4,700 deleted emails, so I took time today to totally destroy some of those. Did two book talks today and checked in/out a classroom after one of them. Got another set of math books done and back on the shelf. At the end of 6th period today I hear this big thump and the students by our copier machine had slammed the door shut and it had knocked off the two all school pictures and they had dropped and broke the glass on both the pictures. What a mess. So I called the custodian to come and get that glass up. Luckily the glass was just by the wall and since we have carpet, it didn't go anywhere else. I think I'll just take the pictures and take them up to the office to see what they want to do with them.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Rest

Went around today to the science rooms and poked and prodded around to try and find a bit of the 51 still missing books and no luck. Worked on cleaning up magazines from the library program this morning and got those all deleted, then had a few titles that asked if I wanted to delete them too. So I said yes. Ah, oh. That also deletes the MARC record and after a few emails our LMSS office guru called and I let her know that it was only about 6 magazine titles that no one else in the district had, and no, I didn't do that to any books! The copier went down and the tech called and asked me to try some things, but even though I got some of it reset, it still needed a technician. The rest of the day was pretty normal. I let students and staff know on announcements that they will have until June 5th to check out books and a few kids came to say they were happy with that. Checked in and out here and there. Had a lot of students in again today studying and getting work caught up. Let my textbook aides have the day off, they could just sit and read since they did fabulous with the inventory! Love my job! Took the surplus books and sent a box to LMSS.

Monday, May 15, 2017


That's where we are with the textbook inventory. My aides have done an amazing job of getting that done! Over 5,600 books they ran through inventory! I went and picked up about 60 teacher resources that were in the back room after school was over today. There's only 51 books left to find! Now I just need to go around the school in the science rooms and see what I can find in them. Did another set of math books today. We are getting a new Follett for the library side for next year, so I did some checking that out from the information our PA sent out. The basics are just like our textbook side, so checking in and out should be about the same, just a bit different on how to search. The library was busy today, lots of people in and out, though no classes!