First, an update on the aftermath of last week's post.
After being told I'd have to do "library on a cart" I spent a considerable amount of time gathering scholarly articles correlating library access to various measures of student achievement so I could fortify my arguments for the students having access to the full library collection, not just the couple hundred books I could fit on a cart and drag around the school. So as to not overstress the admins I highlighted key passages in the several dozen pages I printed out. Folks were unswayed though one noted I had come prepared, to which I replied, "I work in a library. I know how to do research."
However, I am glad to report an acceptable compromise was reached. Our school is bursting at the seams. I had to give up some geography in the library to accommodate another class being moved up there. I was able to convince the principal that library on a cart is such a piss poor excuse for library service that we cannot justify it. He offered the suggestion of only having part of the class come to the library at a time since an entire class can no longer fit in the remaining space. I agreed because the most important thing is that the kids have access to the full collection. We've already lost librarians and library instruction. We cannot afford to lose access to the collection. So a certain degree of flexibility from both the principal and from me has allowed for some semblance of a solution. It's not optimal or even desirable but it's preferable to library on a cart.
In other news, I spent this weekend of yoga teacher training learning how to safely give hands on assists to deepen stretches....so flexibility can be increased.
Bending one classmate in half.
I am learning flexibility in all sorts of contexts but I'd still like to tell the people decimating urban public schools and their libraries to get bent.