When the kid graduated from 5th grade they sang We The Children by Parachute Express. It is a weird song meant to make parents feel sentimental. As we listened to it on our drive home, a few lines really stood out for me:
Every act of kindness has a way of being passed along
we are all a deep reflection of the lessons we've been shown
we the children are golden
and we the children are light
we dance on the top of the mountain
we shine like stars in the night...
And for reasons known only to my neurologist, I started thinking about all the librarians I know. How they are out there shining like stars in the night. How they define what it means to be a school librarian - which has no definition because school librarian work to reflect what their schools need. So your school librarian may not do the things that his or her school librarian does. And that's ok. We are all reflections of the lessons we've been shown. Whether that's a lesson from my friend Sherry and your librarian is out there moving and shaking and post-it noting window displays, or playing guitar like my friend Andy, or maybe your librarian is hosting a podcast like Matthew, or giving you the lowdown like Kurt, or is your librarian showing you the hidden gems of picture book design like Travis? Do you have the kind of librarian that has made all the books easily accessible and gone Dewey-free like Shannon? Maybe your school librarian also teaches English classes like Megan? Is your librarian doing Maker Mondays like Stacey? Providing an advisory resource like Jen?
Some of my librarian friends head committees and some travel around helping other teachers and librarians. They are book experts,, technology experts, student experts.
And these things I mention are only a very small fraction of what they do every day. EVERY SINGLE DAY.
They are the children. They are the light. They are the librarians.