The daily life of a Middle School Library Media Assistant.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Just got home, listening to George Winston's December CD. My granddaughter is sleeping whilst mom runs errands and dad is just running! Worked on refurbishing some old books today. Checked out a class set of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Checked in a class set of Colored People. Checked out a student who is moving to Alaska over break. The wiring people came in today and started wiring the new configurations in the labs! Played some music today. Winter Solstice VI and Dave Koz. Mrs. H treated Mrs. M, Mr. B and I to lunch from Amadeus today. She is so special and does so much for the library and her family. I'm lucky to know her. My son and daughter in law and granddaughter came to Sprague today to visit some of his old teachers! Mr. S and Ms. L and Mr. J was here subbing for another teacher and my son enjoyed visiting with them! A fabulous day! See you in a couple of weeks!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Today we worked on getting the labs finished up since they will be in tomorrow to start wiring. We moved the tables, cleaned up all the dust and stuff. It looks so nice. We moved my desk, so I don't have quite the set up I did before, and in keeping with the ADA requirements we want to meet. So my blue lab was moved over. We have two emergency doors that were blocked by a row of computer tables, so those are now gone and the path through there is now all open. A student did some painting and Mrs. H finished it up. I redid one of the tables where the stripping had been pulled way and broken by something. So I pulled the stripping out and redid it so the stretch in the back which was good, is now in the front. We got it all pretty well set today, and things look good.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Round 2

More painting today, Mrs. H brought in her sander and I did the first coat of the darkish green in the computer lab. It turned out pretty good, but we do need to do another coat. It went a lot quicker than the undercoat! Processed one teacher magazine, and one for the library. Did the usuals. The camerata orchestra came in today and played and that was lovely. Got a confirmation that we are getting shipped in the rest of our Duetsch Aktuell 3 workbooks. We only got in 10 and should have gotten 40. Worked on the Insignia program and trying to get down the reserve system. A kid I reserved a copy of Mockingjay for today, was pulled up before a student that has been waiting since November 5th. That's not right ~. We think we may have it, but we'll test it now to see. Did some more repairs. Found a World War II book for a student that was misshelved. I was so excited today! My son and daughter in law and granddaughter flew into Seattle today and will be home here tonight!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Came in hoping to do some painting today, but Mrs. M's hubby had lent out his sanders, and we really need to do a bit of sanding before we paint. Not to mention the Rotary Club was in today for their annual meeting here and the library was closed for their award ceremony, the choir sing and lunch, which would not have gone so well with the smell of fresh paint! So, I processed in eight magazines for the library. Worked on more repairs. Helped Mrs. M in the back during the meeting with relabeling some old books. After she left, Mrs. H went and did a book talk so I ran the front for last period and checked out books to the kids that came in from the book talk. Did the usuals as well.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Closing Up

Got some more boxes for our surplus books from the cafeteria and finished up with all the books we had pulled and they are ready to be picked up. Worked on the stack of repairs, processed two magazines for the library. Working to find a teacher edition of Developing Child, so I'm trying some different venues. Checked in(2)/out(7); log-in(2); student assists(8). Mrs. H had a meeting after school, so I closed up the library. Turned off all the monitors, pushed in chairs and generally cleaned it up just in case we have people in tonight.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Statue of Liberty

Switched shifts with Mrs. M today so I could leave early for Seattle and to visit my daughter! Mrs. M had to take her dog to the vet in the morning, so it worked out perfect for her as well! So I went in and opened up the library this morning, turning on the search computers, getting lights on and opening the doors. Did a lot of repairs today. Checked in a stack of books and one of them had a bookmark from a tour of the Statue of Liberty last summer, so I looked up the student and had one of our aides take it to her in class. I wouldn't want to have lost that! Did check ins(6)/outs(3); logins(2); print accounts(2); student assists(1).

Thursday, December 9, 2010

You're in my Parking Space!

It was pouring rain today when I came in and someone else had parked in my spot! I had to park way down by the trees and limp up to the front door :( I must admit, I sent some unkind thoughts to them during the day. Asked for more boxes from the cafeteria so we can get everything all packed up for the surplus pick up during winter break. Labeled the boxes I had used for packing up the Analysis V2 books we had gotten in (donated from another school). Since we never have used the current stash, I just boxed these up so they'll be there if we need them with the new math requirements. We talked about the withdrawn books and I repaired a couple of graphic novels and put them away. Our manga section was horribly misshelved, so I cleaned that up. I also talked with the students that are supposed to be working on those and we talked about making sure at least the series are all together and in order. I started working on the repair books we have in our 'don't put these out until repaired' pile. Just a mish mush of different issues. Checked out(3)/in(7); log-ins(2); print accounts(1); student assists(4) that I remember! But I did remember to pick up cookies from the home ec department after school today for my meeting tonight!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Today I dressed for painting and spent most of the day painting the three walls of the green computer lab. After I got all the walls painted with our base coat which took 2 gallons, I got everything cleaned up. I had about another hour and 15 minutes, so I finished up some of the repairs I had started yesterday. I did a lot of clean up as the kids were leaving, pushing in chairs, turning off the computer monitors, making it look nice for the group that is coming in tonight. Mrs. H had to leave for a meeting, so I closed up shop for the day. We'll get our new paint next Monday and we'll finish up that for when they come in and do the labs over Christmas break. Processed in two teacher magazines.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Stats - Stat!

Had a call when I got in to run statistics for how much money in textbooks we have billed. So I ran the numbers and from the graduating class of 2005 to our current students, we have over $47,000.00 in monies owed. That's just one high school. Amazing. I shelved all the new Analysis books and got that all cleaned up. Processed three teacher magazines and five for the library. Mrs. A got some parent comments on Snow Falling on Cedars and so I gave her some feedback on that book. Check outs(13)/ins(4); login help (2); print accounts (2); and student assists (3). Finished packing up all the books for clearing the shelves so they can get taken down tomorrow. Worked on some repairs to sit for the night.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Find a Remote

Today Mrs. M called in sick and so we had a sub in. I was very busy! I did a lot more than I usually do with check ins (8)/outs (25); money into print accounts (16) and student assists (14). Processed in two teacher magazines and one for the library. Helped a student with printing a brochure. Put in a call to the Pearson rep on the audio for Great Expectations and he called me back, so there's some progress there. Another teacher needed a TV with a DVD and a remote, so I picked through a box of remotes we have and found one that works for that set up! She was very happy.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Packing Up

Got the Analysis books all processed in today that came from another school. Processed in two magazines for the library, sent a book back to another library. Cleared two students from some of the books they owed us. Checked out a class set of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. We found that we are supposed to get our computer labs redone during winter break, so I started packing up the books that are over there in the way of that work. Checked in/out myriad students, put money in print accounts and did a pass check a couple of times today. Finished up some repairs.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wise Snow Finn

I had so much fun doing this calendar! Artist I am not, but just enough to make me happy for the calendar! Came in this morning a bit early and finished it off before I started work. Did the outside bulletin board for Holiday Reads and discovered our The Story of the Other Wise Man is missing. Checked out two class sets of Snow Falling on Cedars and two class sets of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Got through the rest of the books Mrs. M had pulled to redo the spine labels and barcodes on and took them up to be retagged. Did some repairs and checked in/out books, put money in print accounts and assisted several students with other tasks. Got all the back cleaned up from the messes I had made!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Starry Starry Night

Loved working on my Starry Starry Night calendar! Today Mrs. A came in looking for their next book and couldn't remember what we had discussed, so we went down the row and there I saw it Snow Falling on Cedars. So I pulled the books and they will start coming in today to check it out, so I did a class set for 8th period today. Ms. F requested House on Mango Street, which we don't have, so I had to request it from another school for her. Mr. M asked me to get ready The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for his english classes tomorrow, so I pulled a cart of those as well. Finished up the calendar. Boxed up the rest of the German books. Mrs. M and Mrs. H left today early, so I moved up to the front and handled the library on my own for the hour and a half until I left. Mrs. M had pulled books that have old spine labels, and Mrs. H asked me to go through them and keep those I thought we should keep and which we should just withdraw, so I went through two of the carts and sorted them out as to what I thought we should keep and what we should withdraw and left them on carts up at the front for the morning all tagged and ready to go!