50 Page Rule

bookcart to be shelved “Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.” – John Witherspoon

I used to believe if I started a book, I had to finish it.  It didn’t matter whether I particularly liked the book.  If I started it, I was committed to finishing it.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized I will never be able to read all the books I want to read before I die . . . and that’s if they stop publishing new books RIGHT NOW! I don’t have the time to read books that I don’t enjoy.

That’s what I try to teach the kids who are looking for a book to read.  You don’t have to finish a book.  If you start one and you just don’t like it, quit.  I do encourage them to follow the 50-page-rule.  That means they at least give the book a fair chance.  If they still don’t like it after fifty pages, it’s time to find another book.

There are millions of books available to read.  There is no reason to waste your time on a book that you do not enjoy.

A Little Intimidated

I visited my new school yesterday and met with the previous librarian.  She is extremely organized and had over ten pages of notes to share with me.  I haven’t done anything like that for the librarian who is taking my position at my old school.

I certainly appreciate the information she had to share, but it also scared me.  There are so many procedures in place, not just in the library, but for the school itself.

I am just not a nit picky person, so it will be hard to keep all those “i”s dotted and “t”s crossed.

I have to keep reminding myself that I was hired to create a welcoming environment for the students and teachers.

THAT I know how to do!