Will Winter Ever End?!?
by Chrissie Morrison, YSS President
If I had to sum up this entire winter with only one word, it would probably be “SNOW!” There have been record amounts of snowfall all around the country this year, and I am pretty sure my library has never before closed early, opened late, or completely closed this many times in a single winter. People like to joke that spring has been cancelled and that this winter will never end – but Youth Services Librarians all know that SUMMER IS COMING! Although I know some people probably hate having to think about summer reading already, I appreciate the forced break from my current reality. Planning for our Summer Reading Club (SRC) is a solid reminder that the snow will eventually melt and allow me to resume lunchtime walks without fear of a broken ankle or hypothermia. Starting on plans for the SRC also allows me to escape the stir-crazy, cabin-fevered teens of today and to dream about the eager SRC VolunTeens of June.
One of the most interesting things about Summer Reading is how drastically it changes the Teen Area. Not only do we tend to see a completely different clientele during the summer months, but we also rotate in a new crop of teens every year. As my older teens graduate from high school and move on to the “grown up” section of the library, the elementary school graduates move up to become the next generation of library teens. While I completely feel for the parents who don’t want to admit their kids are growing up, I [inwardly] laugh a little every time a parent gets that google-eyed look of disbelief that their incoming 6th grader now qualifies for the *TEEN* SRC. I can only imagine what it will feel like when my own children reach that milestone; it’s hard enough to see my former storytime kids showing up to VolunTeen trainings!
For Summer Reading (read, read, read)
A time to read, a time to report.
Happy planning, everyone!