Hello! This post is coming to you smack dab in the middle of my new, crazy school year! Lots of things to catch you up on…
First, my library is undergoing TONS of new changes – yay! This job is awesome despite its challenges. The theme of this year for me is “waiting.” I’m trying to be patient, but it’s been the biggest hurdle I’ve faced this year in various aspects of my life. It’s forced me to try to be tougher and do a lot of praying! The changes that are occurring in the library are pretty major ones – we designed a new floor plan, have added a fresh coat of paint to the walls, have reorganized our shelving, and have ordered a bunch of new furniture that the students are LOVING! It brings me so much joy and makes me okay with all the waiting just to see their faces when they walk in. I’ll include a few pictures for you below.
Second, my reading game is still slacking with all of the changes and developments this year, but I’m plugging away little by little. I started to read a book called, Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women that is excellent so far! It’s the story of the women who worked painting clock faces with the newly discovered and “magical” element called “Radium” during WWI. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. I’m also starting to read A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier as part of one of the English classes at my school. One of the teachers here invited me to be a part of his class and write a reflective piece after reading the book just as his students do. Later we will share the pieces in a large group. It will be a cool experience and I’m excited about it. If you’ve ever watched the documentary Beasts of No Nation, this book is incredibly similar and heartbreaking, to say the least.
Lastly, I have lots of plans in my head for next year that are pretty large long-term goals, but good ones. You’ll have to stay tuned for more on those :]
Pictures (L-R): Library Nonfiction Before and After; Whiteboard tables w/ rocking seats!