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Susan writes, “Where is Diane?”

While we wait for Diane to write something erudite, I will tell you what’s going on in the life of this public, middle school librarian. First of all, she is doing an inventory on all of the technology in our school. It is a huge PITA. She has to get all of our 35+ faculty members to give her the serial numbers on our telephones, TVs, overhead projectors (embarrassingly old-school), pull-down screens, projectors, calculators, lap tops, and probably other items as well.  I had to climb up on a desk to get the miniscule number off of the overhead projector. No wonder other teachers are slow to give her this information.

At the same time, she is working with Metro Nashville Public Schools Library/Media Services Coordinator regarding a challenge to Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s They Called Themselves the KKK.  It seems the committee who is to judge the book’s fitness to be in our schools needs copies and expects Diane to supply them. She already gave them her copy and CDs provided by the publisher. The committee of seven wants more—does she have a Spanish version for the mother who objects, but may not be able or willing to read it?

Meantime, kids stream into the library. Classes arrive for check-in and check-out. I send un-attended students to Diane. I want her to help my kids write book reviews and to make sure that they are grammatically correct.

I try to touch base with Diane after school. I stop by the library at 4:30. Every table is filled with chatting students. After-school tutoring is about to begin. Where is the A/C? It feels like about 85 degrees in here. I see the fans that I’ve loaned to Diane, but it’s still hot.

Does this blog sound chaotic? If so, then it is realistic! Next: Diane is supposed to teach a TCAP (High-Stakes End-of-Year Test) prep class in addition to everything else. Wait—I forgot to mention all of the new non-fiction that is stacked on tables awaiting review.

To be continued…


  1. Barbara Gogan says:

    I have been searching the internet and cannot find WHY someone is objecting to this book–any additional information would be much appreciated. Good for Diane for standing up for such an important book!

  2. Barbara Gogan says:

    Ah–found my answer in another comment:

    I had an Advanced Reading Copy in my 8th grade Reading/Language Arts classroom library. The principal told me to remove it, because a parent had objected to it. He told me that he found it offensive and lost sleep because of the images.