‘I can’t wait to check it out. I have it at home!’
Here’s something that will be very familiar to any grown-up who’s ever spent some time in a public or school library, but nuts to those who haven’t: the kid who checks out a book they already have at home.
I see it all the time.
“I have this book at home!” a student will exclaim, holding up the book to me, as if to say “No more explanation necessary. My reasoning is straightforward and obvious. I am now going to check out this book from the school library because I already own a copy of this book.”
I always enjoy when this happens.
Do I check out a book I already own when I go to my public library? No. But I get the impulse. I stop and watch Ocean’s Eleven every damn time I happen upon it while flipping channels.
So while I sometimes reply with a “Maybe since you already have that book, you might want to try something new.” More often I just smile and let the student enjoy their moment of recognition.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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