My TUAT story time has been put on hiatus. Much as with Joey's spin-off from Friends, the official reason is ratings. My boss, Mrs. A, found it difficult to justify the cost of keeping two employees on Tuesday nights if we weren't actually going to have any kids show up on a regular basis.
I had my good weeks, when I'd have up to 6 kids turn up for story time.
Those were great weeks. But more often than not, I'd have 1 or less
kids show up and that was kind of depressing. Mrs. A was sad to see the
program cancelled, but thought we might be better off coming back as a
series of specials centered around holidays. At least, for the time
My very last TUAT was on Nov 14. One kid showed
up for that, too, had a great time and then I had to break the news to
his mom that it was the final show. Mrs. C told me to put up a sign
letting people know the program was no more, but I never got around to
it. Most of the kids who turn up for story time don't often visit the
library regularly otherwise, so it wasn't really going to do much good
for them. Also, because I had the shortsightedness not to take contact
information from the parents of the few regulars, and because I don't
generally know their names, I didn't know how to get in contact with
them otherwise. I didn't really think of this fact, either, because I've
essentially been gone from the "liberry" since the Thursday before
Last night, around 6:38, the door opened and Good Alan
and three friends came running in, his mom right behind him. Good Alan
saw me at the desk and happily exclaimed, "All right, it hasn't started
"Er, uh, actually, I've got some bad news," I said. "I'm afraid I've been cancelled."
Alan's mom was shocked and seemed very sad about it. She asked me why
this was the case and I tried to explain the whole ratings issue in
terms that didn't cast blame on her for not bringing Good Alan every
single week. (Frankly, Good Alan's mom is the best mom of any of the
regulars because she frequenly brought more than just her kid and was
constantly inviting her friends and their kids. One person can only do
so much P.R., though.) She asked if this was a decision by the "liberry"
board, but I said it was a simple matter of economics.
for the kids, they didn't seem too put out about it. They were happy
enough when Good Alan's mom took them in the children's room and read
them a story or two herself. On their way out, Good Alan's mom stopped
back by the desk and told me that it just wasn't the same without me
reading. She said again that she was very sorry to hear of the
cancellation and that she and Good Alan really enjoyed my program. As
she spoke, her eyes began to blink rapidly and looked very wet. She
seemed very much about to cry, which made me feel horrible and honored
at the same time.