- invented television (well, not quite, but you could not get past the crowd in the foyer this morning) (pics next week, OK? We're still refining it...)
- were busy with classes all day (except last period, which was quiet, and a grace moment to draw breath)
- found books by cover description, story description, doyourememberItoldyouaboutitlastweekmiss description, findmesomethingelseIlikebecauseyoudidlasttimeandIdid, scattered them on tables for browsing, found them on shelves to 'hand-sell', went from adventure to insects to Into the Wild to The Endless Steppe to alovestorywithadventuresmiss..
- read more NaNo stories (my favourite phrase from one girl's tale: "We belong together - you are the cheese and I am the macaroni" - PRICELESS! - and watched them being written (I'm behind and have to catch up, so I have at least five kids who are going to ask me on Monday if I'm on target with my word count - hope this will goad me to write enough!)
- thought about the bookmarks for the latest theme (mentioned yesterday) but didn't quite get to them - and then luckily found some NaNo ones from last year which will do till I get the new ones designed)
- typed the last two paragraphs of a student's scholarship application (because I type at around 80wpm and he doesn't and the bell had gone and another student was waiting for the computer) and suggested some polishing he was pleased with
- was delighted to tell a kid from sport yesterday that the score he made was so improved that he'll be in the next group up next week - a quiet kid, he was so pleased!
- printed off a copy of my article in the current Scan, about re-imagining your library, to give to my Principal
- agreed to host a student for a week of work experience (couldn't get him in to the local council or tertiary library, unfortunately, and he really wants to experience library work)
- watched students enjoying the library, the cushions, the comforts, the books, the place...
- enjoyed the company of kids and teachers, their energy and laughter and individuality, scooting around the library during class time and lunchtime
- got to use one of my phrases for miscreants a number of times: when I catch a kid doing The Wrong Thing (and it's not a major evil and they're a kid who'll play along with this and respect the opportunity), I ask, do you want the short version or the long version? Short, they usually say. Don't! I say, and they and I know exactly what I mean without my going into a long spiel about what they and I know they shouldn't do. And we exchange a look of agreement, and the matter is dealt with and done in a civilised way. And I generally don't have to repeat myself, at least not with that kid.
- ate half of my lunch by day's end (and was glad for the weekly whole-staff morning tea)
- told a student how to be really boring when replying to inquisitive friends about something she can't talk about. Demonstrated, too, and won a grin from her, and I hope a sense that the situation wasn't as dire as she had thought.
- checked our borrowing stats - we're still running at over 75% higher than the average of the last three years - woohoo!
- knew that I'm going to have to get stuck in to my NaNo novel or I won't get to 50,000 words by the end of November
- cheered for colleague Sue Pitt who was quoted in an article in the Daily Telegraph today about the Twilight phenomenon
...and now it's the weekend. Enjoy!
PS. I forgot, I also wondered behind which of the built-in cupboards in my office a mouse has so inconsiderately died. I know it's there, as its soul remains, at least on an olfactory level...and they always expire in inaccessible places...