The last few weeks of the high school year are usually extremely busy and often quite chaotic. Our library is closed, but we have the back windows open (those are the windows to the textbookroom) where students can return their textbooks and English novels, pay fines for damaged or lost books and seniors get their clearance so that they can walk in the graduation ceremony.
The first day of this madness I worked on my own since my colleague had a day off, and when I came to work in the morning I was greeted by this:
A non-working computer. Yay!!!
That meant that I packed all the books I received on a cart, wheeled them to the computer on my desk in the library where I checked them in, brought them in the workroom to clean them and finally back into the textbookroom where I could finally put them on the shelves.
Please notice the empty shelves...
Our IT guy arrived an hour later, fixed the computer and after that everything went a bit more smoothly.
We usually put the books on carts according to section before we shelve them. It's a more efficient system since we always have to move the shelves. They look strong, but they're very sensitive, and the one thing we don't want during these weeks are broken shelves that don't move anymore. That happened to us last year when we couldn't access the math section anymore.
No matter how many books we received during the day, every evening before I left work most of them were cleared away and the carts were empty, ready for the onslaught of the next day.
The shelves filled up more and more each day.
I actually love working at the back windows because I can see what's going on. Some students were painting the ground and one day during lunch break the band played a couple songs.
The last few days of the school year were minimum days when students went home right after finals. It was lovely to have the campus to ourselves and wander along the empty buildings.
Even the crows enjoyed the quiet.
I finally had time to admire the impressive artwork of our students.
Every evening when I came home I was ready for this before dinner - I think I deserved it after the madness of each day.