Friday, August 26, 2011

Child Management. With an Iron Fist.

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  1. Thanks Beki! It means a lot that you like the things I had to say. Especially since you are not only an experienced educator, but also that you're about to be a new mom!

  2. 1. There is a boat in my library, too.

    2. It was ostensibly put there so that kids could read on the boat.

    3. However, kids have discovered that it's much more fun to run across the deck, climb on the rails, and swing from the ropes (YES THERE ARE ROPES).

    4. Yes, many an hour have been spent telling kids not to climb on the boat.

    5. Our director installed the boat and is in love with it. He is retiring in October. HMMMM.

    Glad to know we're not the only ones sailing the turbulent seas of having a boat in the children's room...

  3. OMG Abby. There should be a support group...

  4. I'm all about whimsy in a children's department, but sometimes you really have to wonder what people think when they do some things...such as putting pyramids with pointy edges all over a children's department.

  5. Julie, coming from a place where I had to make a daily ethical decision whether or not to give my kids pencils, I cannot agree with you more.

  6. Too funny. I read this post and realized that I must surely know where you live. I live in the area and totally recognize your boat. My children have actually read in it. Kids think it is cool, but yeah, what a difficult thing for the librarians.

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Library Lady! And actually, since writing this post the behavior on the boat has gotten even better than it was; but kids still use it, and even think that reading on the boat is the fun part! Amazing what a few signs and some chairs can do. And staff attitude toward the existence of the boat has actually gone from "Can't wait to get rid of this" to "well maybe even after or redesign we could keep it." :) I still vote for getting rid of it, but we're making the best of it in the meantime!

  8. I really think this has the potential to change everything about how we interact with the kids in our children's department. Thank you so much for posting this.

    We don't have a boat, thank goodness. I already overuse the phrase "This is a library, not a playground! You need to _______"

  9. Please tell me that when the library is closed and the kids can't see you, you do dances on the boat while singing about your flippy floppies and nautical themed pashmina afghans. I think that would be the only way I could deal with a boat!

  10. Thank you for this great post. My library has a huge train. It's supposed to be a reading train...but you know how that goes. To make matters worse, we can't see the train from the desk. Kids love to climb on the engine, in between cars, over the benches...

  11. We narrowly avoided a dragon! Lucky for me the Assitant Director was my predecessor in the Children's department and could very easily envision the results of a giant dragon snaking down the middle of the room. It was priceless to have the the architect who had suggested the dragon come in a few years ago with his first child, a 2 year old mountain climber, who couldn't resist climbing on every chair, table and stool she could find. After plucking her off yet another perch he looked at me and said, "Now I know why you didn't like the dragon!"

  12. We have a boat built into a wall, and use it for storytimes and then let kids play with stuffed toys in it. Thankfully, everything on it is bolted down (including the steering wheel, which no one can get their head through). Our major problem, besides stopping kids from climbing the sides (We can see them from the desk.), is noise. I do have to tell kids to keep it down in there, because it can echo through the library. Actually, I got in trouble once for getting too loud during a storytime!
    The only official injury I know of in the boat involved an older man in a wheelchair who didn't pay attention to where the ramp was.