End of the School Year Always Bittersweet
When May rolls around I gird up to do what is needed at my school. Most of those tasks do not really relate to the library. The seniors graduated this year on May 11th. I coordinate senior awards night, plan graduation, and help the students with their val and sal speeches for the graduation. For a long time, I was also AP coordinator, and that was a total nightmare because all of these tasks fell within the same few weeks. I would finish school totally wiped out needing my months off to regroup.
|Tyler speaking to the YALSA BFYA committee at ALA Annual in 2018|
During senior awards night, I give out something special to all graduating members of the high school book group, Bookmarked. Actually, over the last few years, there have been no seniors in book group. Students would join early in their high school career, but by the time that they became a senior, they would chose to get involved in other organizations. I understand, but I have come to realize that the students who do remain in Bookmarked until they graduate are pretty special kids, to me anyway.
|Standing in the stacks and ready to say good-bye|
Tyler talks about diversity in books during a Bookmarked meeting
Tyler happened to be one person who always read this blog. He made many comments to me about it over the years and always got my jokes. I am sure that he will read this entry too.
I am really going to miss you next year, but I know that you are going to have many new experiences and opportunities that you have never had before. It might be that you do not think about us back at Taylor very often, but do know that I will remember you and all your amazing contributions to the many discussions that we had together and in Bookmarked.
All my best, Ms. Kahn
Updated on May 18th:
I sent an email to Tyler sharing this blog post. He was so touched that he wrote me a very long thank you note for all that I had done for him while he was at Patrick Taylor. I am going to keep his letter to myself, but I did want to share a bit here with you because it shows the importance of what librarians do everyday for their patrons:
"Without your club, I doubt I would have had the confidence to own my opinions as proudly as I do today, whether it's in reflection of a novel or in a debate in World History. Your recommendations and willingness to listen really has helped me to grow as a person and as a reader, and I again cannot thank you enough." TB
I am a happy librarian right now. Though I feel that I am getting a little long in the tooth because I have been in this profession so many years, it does my heart good to know that I can still make a difference in a young person's life. Of course, they have made such an impression on me too!
I love this! Thank you for sharing. You obviously made a big impact on him and the other book club members. It is heartwarming to hear from a student and know they are very appreciative. We also learn from the students.ReplyDelete
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This is lovely, on so many levels. I love the fact that as school librarians we can serve students as that ear, that friendly, safe adult who will listen and act as a much needed refuge for our students.ReplyDelete
Hey Ms. Kahn! As I'm starting my sophomore year of college under these crazy conditions, I was reminiscing on my time at PFTSTA and fondly recalling so many of my memories in your library. I hope you and everyone in Bookmarked continue to stay well, and please know you still have a wonderful place in my heart & mind.ReplyDelete
BTW, thank you for recommending Aurora Rising to me! I haven't gotten too far into it (I'm still a very distracted reader), but so far I'm really enjoying it :)