Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bookkeeper? Maybe!

October 13, 2016

Every Thursday, you’ll get this short, fun, relevant newsletter. It will contain a quote or smile about the library and those who love it, an idea you can use to promote your library or reading in general, and an occasional shameless plug for the programs I offer. Enjoy! 

If you are new to us or have missed any previous issues, you can read them all at And please tell your friends about it!

In this issue:
Not the Bookkeeper!
Sharpen the Saw!
What Sharon Said!

Not the Bookkeeper!

Our good friend and colleague Ingrid Hanson posted this on her Facebook page last week:

“Today a 6th grader came into the media center and waited very patiently for me while I was teaching. I finally went over and asked him what he needed. He said "My teacher said I needed to talk to the bookkeeper."

I explained the bookkeeper was in the front office...then I got it. Yes, I have books and I keep them for everyone to check out, but I am not the bookkeeper you are looking for.” Go Ingrid!

Now you can add “Bookkeeper” to your resume’!


“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler)

Encouraging reading – from 45 Ideas in 45 Minutes – Sharpen the Saw

Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People coined a phrase about constant self-improvement, “sharpening the saw.” I fear that too many of you are like a soup kitchen cook, starving over a full pot while you are feeding the masses and never taking time to eat. You need to get your battery charged if you are going to keep going and going and going.

#43. Become a member of a Professional Learning Community – locally or online. If you can’t find one, create one. Meet regularly, ESPECIALLY if you are in a small system. You need the support of your colleagues. Face it, a second grade teacher or 11th grade music specialist does not understand what you are dealing with on a regular basis. And you can’t complain to one teacher about another. But another media specialist can help. And you can return the favor. GLMA and ASLA have excellent listservs that allow you to ask questions, share your expertise (and frustrations), and make virtual friends all over the state. You can’t do it alone. Lean on each other. (BTW, if you don’t know what GLMA and ASLA are, you should find out!)

Here’s what they are saying about Tommy Johns Presents!

“Thank you so much for coming to Hopkins! You are AMAZING! The students and staff loved you! Looking forward to you coming back to our school again!”
Sharon Britt, Media Specialist, Hopkins Elementary

Let me know how I can help! See you next week!

Encouraging kids to read, I am
Tommy Johns
Educational Entertainment Specialist

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