Middler Books and More

This blog contains Bruce DuBoff's book reviews, info on other media, and related topics. It is a collaboration between the librarian and both the students of Pennsauken Intermediate School and Phifer Middle School in Pennsauken, NJ, and the general middler book reading community. The books featured here are appropriate for grades 5-8, though not all books reviewed here are appropriate for all of those ages.

Monday, April 13, 2015

How are Librarians like Lifeguards?

by Bruce DuBoff, and hopefully, others

1. Lifeguards most frequently save people they do not know and will probably never meet again.

2. Lifeguards can seldom if ever save someone alone; they need their comrades' assistance.

3. Lifeguards are a team--if one member is heroic, the team is heroic; if one member fails, the team fails.

4. Lifeguards enjoy the sunshine but work in any weather.

5. Lifeguards know that sometimes the calmest-looking ocean can have an unseen, deadly rip current.

6. Lifeguards must pass rigorous certifications and tests before they are qualified to work.

7. Lifeguards are always at the center of the action when there is a problem.

8. Lifeguards can look like they're not working at all until something happens.

9. Lifeguards get better with experience and they enjoy passing on their knowledge to younger generations.

10. Lifeguards can get mighty loud when they need to.

How are Librarians like Lifeguards? As you may know, the New Jersey Association of School Librarians' annual fall conference is November 15-17, 2015, at Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch, NJ. To prepare for the theme, "Librarians: Lifeguards of the Information Ocean," I will be compiling a list of ways that Librarians are Lifeguards. If you would like to contribute to the list, please send your suggestion to Bruce DuBoff, NJASL VP, 2015 Conference Chair, at bruceduboff@gmail.com. See the next post for my list :-)