As we started wrapping up yet another school year in Calarco, Mr. Gette decided to decorate the preceding months with colorful charts and graphs – i.e. shiny things. Not to be outdone, I am adding more shiny things, such as picture slideshows and….anything else I can think of. Really, I will be jump-starting the commentary.
Let’s start with the basics. Or the basic. The fictional story.
The bar across the bottom represents the number of checkouts per book. However, that bar cannot represent the five 7th graders who absolutely SPRINTED to December’s JSchool bookmobile, each vying to get their hands on Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.
Shout out to Faculty & Staff for being the biggest bookworm-y community at Hopkins! (Note: any time a chart says “faculty” it also includes staff. Space limitations! <shakes fist>)Props to 11th graders for finding some quality reading time amidst AP, SAT, and ACT prep. Seriously. When was that time – from 4:00 a.m – 5:30 a.m. EST? Although 7th and 8th grade have among the fewest checkouts, it is worth noting that: 1. there are fewer students in each grade, and 2. the student with the MOST Fiction checkouts in the entire school was a 7th grader.
Considering the number of people who raced to the library after Wes Moore spoke, seeking copies of The Other Wes Moore, we were pretty surprised that his book came in 2nd place. We do suspect, however, that B&N/Amazon/R.J. Julia’s/etc. saw a spike in sales of The Other Wes Moore. And of course, the demand for Quiet was so loud that we stockpiled 2 copies.
To be fair, these numbers do include non-fiction books checked out for history research papers. For the record, there are 145 (?) students in the 9th grade. Any math whiz (or fool with an iPhone calculator) can tell you that’s 4.15 books/student. Be happy, history teachers.
Should we applaud the Faculty & Staff for their 38 Kindle check-outs? Would that be librarian-like, considering the Kindle hoarding crimes committed by perpetrators like Benjamin Johnson and Alex Werrell. Maybe public shaming will motivate returns. Probably not…
A final applause for the Junior School, particularly 8th grade, who would often clean out our stockpile of Kindles during JSchool Bookmobiles. Unfortunately, there is no way to calculate how many Kindle books were read by each student. We suspect a lot, considering the considerable number of PLL, John Green and Rainbow Rowell books we would have to clear off the Kindles every time they were returned.
Some facts and figures since September 1, 2013
Additions to the Calarco Family:
199 new fiction titles were added.
84 new Kindle books were added.
Students checked out:
335 Fiction books
1,634 Nonfiction books
36 Graphic Novels
174 pairs of headphones
Faculty & Staff checked out:
199 Fiction books
238 Nonfiction books
19 Graphic Novels
So, who’s reading the most fiction?:
7th grade: Isabella Barandiaran with 12 books
8th grade: Helena Lyng-Olsen with 7 books
9th grade: Taina Palacios with 11 books
10th Grade: Lauren Antonelli and Kai Keevil with 7 books
11th Grade: Sarah Srivichitranond with 10 books
12th grade: Yerin Kim with 5 books
Faculty & Staff: Ben Johnson with 17 books
…A big THANK YOU to all Hopkins faculty, staff, and students who contributed to our ever-improving library. We couldn’t do it without you. Ok, we could check books in and out to individuals and falsify our numbers. But that violates the Librarian Code of Ethics. Wait…
[*does some Googling*]
Okay. There is an actual Librarian Code of Ethics. But we wouldn’t violate sections VI or VII. No. No way. Right.
-Signing off, Ms. Barrows (who is too timid to violate even the Librarian Guidelines of Good Librarianing)
-Signing off, Mr. Gette (who was in 2nd Place for Faculty & Staff checkouts! ….tied with 4 other people)