This week I end my summer and start anew. Again. For the third year in a row. This school year will be my third year in a library (as a full time librarian) and it is also my third school and my third district in three years.
Pattern? Not really. I don't think that anyone goes in to a school year thinking that it won't work out or thinking that their goals will change, but things happen-life happens and we leave. My first library was amazing in a ninth grade campus. (We served 1,200+ freshmen every day.) But right before the school year started, I got engaged and we were planning on moving to Austin before I had taken the job. So as the school year progressed, I knew that Austin was my end-goal.
My second library was in a full comprehensive high school in an amazing district with awesome students and awesome support, but realized that while I loved secondary-middle school is my heart. I LOVED working with freshmen and teaching them research skills, but I felt like I needed to go back to roots-younger kids, to really show what I'm made of. So I left. Again.
Now I am starting a new year in a middle school that I've heard is "schooltopia" with one full-time clerk, great support systems, and an excitement and willingness to prove myself. I've got so much knowledge to share and fun ideas that I want to put out there and see what kids think. I've had so much disappointment in the past that with my two TLA awards, I've felt like with the skills and passion that I have, I could do more.
So that's what I am setting out to do. My third year will be my best yet and I can't wait to share it with y'all! What are some of your goals and thoughts on this new school year?
For the past three years I have participated in the Goodreads Challenge. The Challenge is set by you, the reader. You set a reading goal for the year and then log your books as you read them throughout the year. You can "cheat" a bit by adjusting your goal as the year goes by, but it is always your CHOICE. I set a goal to read 80 books this year. (In 2016 my goal was 100 and I felt like I put too much pressure on myself to read quickly and not enjoy the books, so I set my goal a little lower for 2017.
I am proud to say that with 25 days left in 2017-today I completed my 2017 Goodreads Challenge of reading 80 books! Now that I've met my goal, I plan on making a "Top 10 of 2017" books list, but in my opinion, and based off of the books that I read that were published in 2017. So that books that I read this year are as follows (In backwards order):