I have THE BEST volunteer gig, working in the Media Center of my daughter’s school. I could go on and on about why it’s so freakin’ amazing, but I’ve narrowed it down to a new feature on my blog called Five Reasons Why:
Number Four: Getting to do the behind the scenes library stuff – such as cataloging, book repair and installing Tattle-Tape – is like recess for a book nerd. Except for that nasty metal cut I got about a month ago while installing Tattle-Tape in a book. Who knew it could be so dangerous.
Number Three: A book nerd (err..me) likens shelving books to a treasure hunt. Who knows what gems of bookish goodness one might happen upon in the stacks. Needless to say, my TBR pile has expand exponentially since I started volunteering.
Number Two: Chatting it up with the kids about books they’ve read and what they did and didn’t like. I love hearing recommendations from them about books. And meeting other book nerds.
And hands down, the BEST thing about my Media Center gig is…
Number One: When a student asks me for help in finding a book… and then said student actually ask my opinion of the book… and then said student actually checks out the book I recommended. Aaahhh!!
Sharing the love of literature with a young person is overwhelmingly fulfilling! I think that sums up why I write young adult fiction too.