It is crunch time for ordering books with only $ 2, 463 left to go. Yes I know, I know…oh to have such issues in the season of report card due dates. I am not complaining, I once was a classroom teacher with less grey and a fuller head of hair. Compared to last year when I opened up a brand new library, this feels like a drop in the bucket. However as the money gets lower and lower, I have to be more picky as I strive to balance out the needs, with the wants and the good old fun when it comes to books. This isn’t exactly going to be like Sophie’s Choice but there can be moments.
This afternoon I made a point of swinging by an independent local bookstore I haven’t been to in a while. Just to make sure after breathing through school library journal, visiting my favorite blogs, and my two favorite local bookstores, that I wasn’t missing anything. I was also buying birthday presents for two elementary school age nephews. It is sort of unwritten rule that librarians are required to buy books as gifts for nephews especially if one of them does not like to read – shocking but true.
My parking karma was flowing, got a rare spot right out front of the store. I walked in and was greeted with a smile and noticed that they were setting up for an author event for the novel The Death of Willie Lincoln. In this fictional account was he shot like his father? so much for a calm and quiet space. The store is small, so when they put on an event, it pretty much takes over the store. This was not the ideal set up for what I REALLY wanted to do. In addition to buying a couple of gifts, I wanted to discretely take photos of book covers of titles that intrigued me. When undertaking moments like this I have to call forth my inner spy skills, so no one can see what I am doing. Once home I checkout the reviews and determine if the book is something I want to order. Tip #1 – you do not want to draw attention to yourself. Turn down the volume on the phone, so the clicking sound with each shot is quieter than normal. Tip #2 – strive to keep your back to the people around you. Tip #3 – if that is not possible, hold and angle the phone as you would when reading a text message.
Yes I feel a tinge of catholic guilt doing this, but I am willing to work through it. I do make a point of buying books after stealing photos of covers. If you share any of my slight angst over my actions, feel free to buy a copy of The Death of Willie Lincoln. I think it is only fitting my purchases included a copy of Bad Guys Episode 1 by Aaron Blabey for my non-reading nephew. It looks amazing, the reviews are good, and I think it he might actually read it.