Looking back over the post and the pictures I realized just how far we have come over the past week. We have all the books categorized by genre and are now in the process of putting them back onto the shelves.
Today we got the rest of the YA done, and all the Romance, Historical Fiction, Sports and Adventure books back onto the shelves. It was a time consuming process because of the fact that we also had to make sure that the books were in alphabetical order before we put them back on the shelves.
I will admit that there were times during the day when I was so tired and achy that I did just consider throwing them all on the shelves and letting the kids figure it out...
The biggest thing I realized today, was just how much of a toll this works takes on your body. Michelle (my aide), Barbara (my students teacher), and I were really feeling it everywhere. My legs hurt from the constant bending and up and down. My arms hurt from lifting the books and putting them on the shelves. My shoulders and my hands hurt from holding all of the books. Muscles I never knew I had ached. Barbara and I spend the day alternating which hand and side of the body were using to help ease the pain.
If you want a good workout move the fiction area!
Today was a lot all about the repetitive movements, pick up the book, scan the book, hand it to Barbara who places the book on the shelf. Over and over - we had to do over 1000 books just today!
We only had one parent volunteer and Michelle was only with us half day, so most of the work feel to Barbara and I. I am impressed with what we were able to accomplish.
On Monday we have to alphabetize, scan and put back on the shelves our biggest sections, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Mystery/Thrillers. I am not sure if we will get it all done but we will try.
I did realize that we need to order a few more signs because some of our areas span a wide area and/or turn a corner and having another sign or two can only help with the navigation. For $7.50 a sign it is well worth the extra money.
One week done- tons of things accomplished -but more to go.
Now off to a nice long bath and bed. I am exhausted!
Thank god for acupuncture tomorrow my back is killing me :-)
Elissa Malespina is the Middle School Teacher Librarian in Somerville and a Presenter, Author and much more. The views are my own. Find my full resume above.