Learning & Teaching
One of the first things I learned in library school was S. R. Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science:
Although libraries and the role of librarians have changed since 1931 when Ranganathan created these laws, I think they still very much apply to my job, particularly number two when helping upper school patrons who might be reluctant readers. Maybe they would rather play soccer or watch TV. Maybe English isn’t their first language, and it’s a struggle to get through a whole book. Maybe they think reading is boring. Whatever the case, I know that there’s SOMETHING in the library that will make their eyes light up. It’s my job to try to figure out what that is.
Since I know it isn’t always feasible for upper school students to get to the library on their own over the summer or for summer programs to visit the library on a regular basis, many of you might be in the position of helping an upper schooler find a book to read. Below are a couple of tips and tricks to keep in mind as you help connect readers with books:
Happy summer and happy reading!
Emily Meyer is a youth services librarian at the Cambridge Public Library. She is the library liaison to the Cambridge Upper Schools, runs a monthly STEAM book club for upper schoolers, and divides her time between the Children’s Room and the Teen Room at the Main Library. Her favorite thing about her job is seeing a young patron’s face light up after connecting them with the perfect book.