Friday, January 20, 2006

Story Time

I volunteer at our local library on Fridays.

I shelve books, I shift books, and I haul books around on a cart. It sounds boring, but it is really fun! I get to see all the new books before anyone else. I even find nifty things for the whole family to read. I usually volunteer after they've had Story Time because that's when they have the most books to put away. Story Time kids check out a lot of books. (I don't know why this is, but it is a universal phenonmenon.)

I used to work in a library, so I am quite a commodity. Basically, I know 3 things: I know my alphabet, I know how to count (that helps with the Dewey Decimal System), and I know the difference between fiction and non-fiction! This knowledge allows me to shelve books correctly. The fact that I shelve at lightspeed is a bonus. The staff often asks me how I shelve so quickly... that's easy -- I'm originally from New England and we New Englanders move fast! If you sit still for too long in New England, you'll freeze solid.

I enjoy volunteering at the library because the staff is friendly and appreciative. I enjoy the staff immensely. Librarians are a fun bunch, you know. So, if you need something to do, try volunteering at your local library. You'll be glad you did.



Katherine said...

I'm at the library at least once a week - I should volunteer there! But, I would get so distracted reading a page here and there, that I doubt I would get any shelving done and they would oh so kindly ask me to leave.

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