Since we were closed for holidays on Monday, Summer reading got shifted to Tuesday of this week. Mrs. A asked me to come in and help run the desk with her again. I was expecting the usual Chaos Hell thing to occur again, as it on Day 1 of Summer Reading, but I couldn't have been more wrong.
It was wonderful! Just an absolute joy. The kids
were polite and waited their turn in line. They all still had their new
library cards from last week. The adults were also nice and there
weren't even all that many of them who needed new cards.
We put Mrs. J on computer sign up duty, but I don't
think we even needed to do that. We had everything under firm control
and even had a little downtime to relax. Hell, we were so hip to the
scene that Mrs. A let me leave early to run home and make my signature
dish potato salad for a party my writers group was having.
On Wednesday, Mrs. C asked me how things went for Day 3 and if it was as bad as it had been on Day 1.
"No, Tuesday went great," I said.
And then it hit me: the reason everything is awful and
chaotic during Monday Summer Reading days is because they take place on
a MONDAY! Mondays are EVIL
enough all by themselves without the added complication of a hundred
kids running around, snarling at one another for taking the last Junie
B. Jones book. Why the hell are we compounding our problems by doing
Summer Reading on Monday when Tuesday is SO MUCH BETTER?!
Mrs. C had the answer. It seems some time ago a
certain librarian type person (*COUGH* *COUGH* *MRS A* *COUGH*) used to insist
that Summer Reading be scheduled primarily on days when she didn't work
so that she wouldn't have to work it. She never used to work Mondays
so that's when it landed. I don't know if she was just phobic about
kids, or what, but Mrs. A has never had a lot to do with any children's
programming we do. (I'm not pointing fingers, cause I don't really
either.) Somewhere along the line, though, she began working the desk
during it to free up other staff members to help outside. And now she's
wrangled me into helping her out of necessity. So my big question is:
If she's going to work the desk during Summer Reading anyway, why don't
we just move it to Tuesday when it's so much more bearable than leaving
it on the most horrible day of the week?
Mrs. C says it's also because she herself can't
imagine having it on any other day than Monday. To her, it just seems
right. I told her that was crazy talk and that I'm going to become a
Tuesday Lobbyist until we get it moved. Perhaps if I threaten to come
down with a Mondaycentric five-week intestinal illness that prevents me
from working the desk, they'll start listening.