It’s 9:27 PM. Do you know where your library books are?
I’m a little ashamed to admit it but.. I don’t.
All materials were due back to the library on May 22nd. Hundreds of overdue notices have been created, printed, sorted, and sent home in Ninja Turtle Backpacks.
But there are still 283 books missing from the Johnson Elementary School Library.
That’s right – 283. That’s a lot of empty shelves.
Let’s take a closer look: 283 books is approximately .9 books per circulating student. It’s about 3% of our library collection. And at an average cost of $15 per book, it’s $4,245 of lost materials that will need to be replaced. I’m not a math teacher, but I know that $4,245 is not a happy number.
Many of these books are brand new. They were purchased especially with Johnson students in mind, to be enjoyed for many years. And the majority of them are sitting in bookshelves, backpacks, or back seats, waiting for you.
Consider this your call to action! I need your help.
Flip those couch cushions and check the toybox for Captain Underpants. If your student has brought home and overdue notice, please help them search for the missing book. Books can be returned at any time, no matter the circulation deadline.
So what can you do if that book, that “But I just saw it in the dining room last Tuesday!” book, just doesn’t want to be found? In that case, missing titles can be paid for, worked off, or replaced with a similar title. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me. I’m here to help! Let’s make a plan together to help these titles be enjoyed by Johnson students for years to come.
If my begging doesn’t convince you, this song by Mary Evelyn, the crazy talented librarian behind What Do You Do, Dear?, surely will. Caution: You’ll be humming this while you search the kitchen drawers, the back of the closet, and even inside of the refrigerator.