Tonight at our last home football game we are honoring two of our Southaven family. Charlie Alexander has been the voice at our Charger football games for the last 23 years. And Big Red, David Williams, is the epitome of SHS and number 17 was his baseball number. We framed a jersey for each them that represents the number we felt was important about them.
I am loving my new job as the librarian. One reason is because we get to celebrate the seasons. After working my pages to exhaustion for weeks, we have slowed down and now we are decorating for Halloween. But it is not only my pages that are helping. Any student who wants to contribute is making something for the library. Here are a few things happening already.
Some other wonderful things that are happening. All the bookshelves are moved and the books are re-shelved. I had a dry erase board installed on the wall next to all the tables. Now a whole class can sit together and the teacher could use a board if needed. My next thing is to get a projector attached to the board. Then I will attach the Apple TV and teachers will be able to connect their MacBook Airs to my projector. The library is beginning to look more cohesive to me. I am also excited because the word is spreading that the library is a quiet place to come before school to read, do homework, study, use a computer, or just relax quietly. I had almost 30 kids this morning and it was ultra quiet. Love it!!
Call me a nerd but one of the coolest things that happened today came from one of my new Pages. I have assigned about 25 shelves to each Library Page for them to read/block each week. But I wanted an easy way for them to remember which shelves they had to take care of. My Page, Dianna, came up with the idea of color coding the shelves. The Pages will be responsible for reading/blocking their color coded shelves.
If you look closely at the right edge of the shelf , in the picture, you will see a yellow or purple dot. Each shelf has its own dot and the Pages know they are to take of the shelves with their color.
My journey began about a year ago. My principal sent out an email asking if anyone was interested in applying for the librarian job. I first deleted the email. I was a math teacher and liked what I did, for the most part. There were a few things that I would change or maybe I had been a math teacher for so long that I was ready for a change. So I found the email and responded that I was interested. I really thought it was a long shot being that I was a math teacher and it is hard to find new math teachers. And the job would start in January 2016 and finding a math teacher in the middle of the year is even harder. But I think that my background helped me get the job and one very special teacher. I had worked in a public library throughout high school and college and my mom is a librarian. I also have a background in computers and technology plays a huge part in this new job. And I also believe that one special teacher told my principal that I was perfect for the job. I really have no idea what the real reason is that I got the job but I am so blessed that I was given this chance. I am excited about all the changes I am going to but into place.
I did start in January but I really count August 2016 as my starting date. I bumbled around during Spring 2016 and found my footing once the new school year started. This Fall semester I have done a lot of work already. I have moved bookshelves around and reorganized where fiction, nonfiction, and reference is located. I have even finished inventory on nonfiction. All of this work would not have been completed without the help of my wonderful Library Pages.
Hi, my name is Karen Hatch. I have been teaching math at SHS since 2003. But in 2016 I was blessed to be given the job of librarian.