I have made it through a long week at school but finished with a smile on my face. It was our annual We Love to Read Week celebration. It is full of small events, none technologically based, but ones that the students enjoy. We start our week with each student reaching a plain canvas bag, which they decorate using fabric markers. I am constantly amazed at how proud they are of their creations. I have ogled 336 bags this week and even had parents bring in their child’s bag for me to admire. Tuesday brings each classroom decorating a door or bulletin board with a reading and/or writing reated activity. Wednesday is a mild day better known as Hat Day. What people will put on their heads! If you haven’t read Millie’s Marvellous Hat by Kitamura you must get a copy. Thursday is Bears/Bedtime/Books. We wore our pyjamas, brought our stuffed friends, and got cozy throughout the day with a good book or two or three. Friday was the BIG DAY however. We dressed up in costumes depicting a book character. At the assembly we had songs based on books, children reading their own poems, and the parade of characters.
Weeks before the event children poured over books and talked with friends about who they were going to be. Plotting, designing, and laughing over how they will look takes up several hours. The day before, parents stream in looking for a book at the last minute for a character their child can be transformed into.
Friday saw teachers, parents and students dolled up in various costumes. Lots of Fancy Nancys, a great number of Wimpy Kids, and a sprinkling of Waldos, joined in with the emcees, Skippyjon Jones and Sherazade.
However, nothing compared to the sheer joy that swept over the entire audience than the birthday celebration. Several teachers marched up on stage (in full view of the audience), stooped down behind a make-shift puppet stage, donned animal puppets and lip-synced to Celebrate. (Good times are here!) The puppets hammed it up. The kids smiled and boogied along. A simple pleasure both for them and for me to watch.
Throughout the week we held a book fair, which was a great success. Students showing me their purchases and sitting with friends sharing their treasures.
When someone asks me why I like to be a librarian I have a quick funny answer, “I get to see students of all ages – and only see the naughty ones for 45 minutes a week and they pay me to by books and read them.” The real answer lies in seeing the pride in the kids after they struggle to complete a book trailer or the joy in seeing them talk about their favorite book character. Information and literature in a sweet balance. Joy