I supervise four library assistants, and I encourage them to read as many children’s books as possible. My rule about reading on the job is simple: If we are slow, by all means read a book; but, it must be a children’s book. One of my assistants is a college-aged girl who recently discovered Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner. Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat who thinks he’s a chihuahua. It is hysterical. Another of my assistants is retired, and read Junie B. Jones for the first time just the other day. We are often asked by both children and adults to recommend books. We can only do this effectively if we read them. However, the real dividend from this investment comes not when we recommend the book, but when we sit and discuss the book with the child. These are the experiences that remind me that I have the best job in the world.
This is so true! I also encouraged my employees to read the books and share them with patrons, both children and adult.