COVID-19 has changed our lives. Working as a media specialist, or any type of educator, is overwhelming and stressful right now.
I rarely have insomnia. A few years ago, we moved from our home state of Texas to North Carolina. My husband didn’t have a job. I slept fine. My daughter left for college. I missed her, but didn’t miss any zzzzzzs. I started work at a new school, and then another. Still sleeping. COVID-19 popped up. I have a pretty strong immune system and rarely get sick. It was on the other side of the world, nothing for me to worry about. Even as it moved closer, I continued to sleep well. The governor closed the schools until the middle of May. I miss being around people a little, but I like working from home, too. Our son came home from college for the rest of the semester, so we were empty nesters for about a second, but that was ok. I continued to sleep well.
Until I didn’t.
Maybe I was more stressed than I realized. Maybe I needed to take a step back.
The book fair is a popular fundraiser for the library media center. Here are some book fair ideas to make your next one a smooth one.
Are you a school library media specialist? Are you carrying a flyer on a clipboard, extra change in your pocket, and caffeine in your oversized mug? Are you wearing comfortable shoes, like seriously, the most comfortable ones you own?
Do you have a week’s worth of slow cooker meals in your freezer?
If you answered yes to all of the questions above, it must be book fair week!
My name is Julie Overpeck. An elementary school media specialist, mentor, presenter, middle grade book reviewer, and queen of the #libraryhack, I am a Texas girl in North Carolina with 18 years in education and 14 years of public school library experience.