Thursday, April 26, 2012

An Exercise in Futility

At the Head Start Center

I walk in. At first, I am unnoticed.
Then one child inevitably looks up, and recognition slowly dawns. That child proceeds to lose his/her ever-loving mind and starts shrieking, "The Library! The Library is here!" Soon there is a chorus of children yelling, "Hi Library!" and running around the room like I am a shot of espresso they've just mainlined.

Me: "Hi Friends! Does anyone remember my name?"

Them: "The LIBRARY!!!!!!!1!!!"

Me: "I work at the library. But my name is Ms. Anna. What's my name?"

Them: *blank stares* "...LIBRARY!!!!!!!!!!11!!!OMGBBQ!!!!!!!!"



  1. I have definitely been called THE LIBRARY before! This, however, made me cackle with glee. At least they are super glad to see you!

  2. I get this response all the time when I walk into preschools. My favorite was the little boy who thought I was Mrs. Library. Preschools kids are just fabulous!

  3. I love this. You all are making me miss doing outreach! Our city doesn't currently have a head start or any preschool or child care centers (apart from ECFE), and I just haven't been able to wrap my head around a way to offer outreach services to the multitude of in-home daycares in an equitable way (since there are more than 50 of them and 1 of me).


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