The Library Saga Continues
Not so long ago, I volunteered in my oldest son's class for their library day. During that time, I discovered a glitch whereby some library books hadn't been recorded as returned. As the kids insisted that they had returned their books, I was torn between believing them, or agreeing with the librarian, who assumed the students' creative imaginations weren't exactly truthful.
In that case, it turned out that many of the students were indeed telling the truth. Ironically, it was my son who had "misremembered."
Well, I had a bit of deja vu as I volunteered during my shift at my youngest's son's library class.
The week before, my Kindergarten son happily brought home a book about space. He was thrilled with the pictures and my oldest son was thrilled with the information. The two read it together, and asked me plenty of questions. Of course, that lead to a period of tears when the Kindergartner pondered death, as he is very frightened by the day the sun blows up. Yes, we've explained that we'll all be dead when that happens anyway, but that's little comfort.
The majority of the discussion about space was positive, and it was definitely thrilling to see my oldest son patiently reading to my youngest, and both of them becoming so interested in the material.
On library day, my Kindergartner clutched the book, not wanting to turn it back in. I explained that he had to at least check it in, but that he could then check it out again as long as nobody had put a hold on it. I explained the responsibility for turning in books on time, and respect for if someone else was awaiting that particular book.
He agreed, and put the book in his backpack.
Just a couple hours later, I saw the book again in the stack from his class. I started scanning the books so they would be appropriately turned back in, enabling the students to then check out a new book.
When I scanned the space book, my son's name didn't come up. Instead, it was the name of one of his classmates.
Oh no, not another glitch!
I kept scanning, hoping that perhaps one of the other books would register as being my son's. Fresh off the other glitch, I imagined the parent volunteer forgetting to swipe my son's library card, instead checking out the book under the previous child's account. I wondered if there were other books checked out incorrectly.Continued on the next page