15 February 18: School library stories

Not so long ago, I had a part-time job as a primary school librarian.

My time was mainly spent mending the Guinness World of Records with gaffer tape (it was a very popular read), saying ‘shooooosh!!!’ more times than you can actually imagine and scrabbling around on the floor, looking under bookcases for ‘Where’s Wally?’ after some wily kid had stashed it to stop anyone else doing the same.

I also doled out colour-themed jobs to eager kids: eschewing my love of the Dewey Decimal System, I’d ask them to put the Ladybird books in resplendent colour order. And once they’d done that, if they were still keen, I got them to do the Daisy Meadows Fairy books, too (they favoured number order.

I occasionally agreed to that). It was as much as I could do to stop myself colour-ordering the whole place. Have you ever rearranged books in a public place? It can’t be that I’m the only one, surely…..

Martha, The Colour File x


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