Do you know why you should never take a shark to the dentist? Or why, if requiring a helpful companion on a shopping trip, a pelican will definitely fill the bill. Pun most definitely intended.
Yes, I was on the Animal Agents desk at the library this morning, listening to queues of littl’uns telling me all about the books they have read so far on this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
As of the end of last week, 922 children had registered on-line so we have already reached 93% of last year’s figure. We are second only to Crawley Library for Numbers Signed Up.
Frances, the Children’s Librarian, knows I am a sucker for statistics. It's a throwback to my days as a Working Gal when we were always talking about performance management and the like. Because registration is now on-line, Frances
tells me, we are able for the first time to compare our figures with all the other libraries across the county. This may introduce a little unhealthy competition into my thinking. Frances is filing the week’s figures in our Master File where I will doubtless
be consulting it every Monday morning in the fervent hope that we have (I) overtaken Crawley and (ii) kept ahead of Horsham. Competitive, what me?
I was nearly
late this morning when the Pulse bus failed to arrive on time. I passed the time with a sweet elderly couple who I often meet at the bus stop. We all got very excited when we thought our bus was coming only to see it heading off round the roundabout in a completely
different direction. When the bus did finally arrive, because it was running late, it had to stop at absolutely every bus stop on the way into town - and at every bus stop there was an impatient queue waiting. As a result the journey took twice as long as
usual which was a bit of a test for my determination to Think Positive.
As regular readers know, I do like to engage in Positive Thinking though some days it is
harder than others. This morning I felt especially positive because my shin splint seems to be getting better. You didn’t know I had a shin splint, did you? No, nor did I. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a shin splint, being less than
knowledgeable in Matters Medical, until yesterday when the Youngest of the Darling Daughters explained that my granddaughter, Hazel Bagel, was a sufferer and described the symptoms. That's just like me! I told my (possibly disbelieving) daughter. Only, while
my malady can almost certainly be blamed on walking around in unsuitably sloppy shoes, poor Hazel’s can be laid at the door of practising pointe work in her ballet lessons. While I have binned my old shoes and taken the weight off my legs wherever possible,
Hazel had to carry on dancing, being on stage for two performances with her dance school on Saturday. The last I heard she had raided the freezer for packets of frozen peas to ease the pain, poor thing.
I tuck my shins, along with the rest of my legs, under the Animal Agents table and prepare to be amused, enlightened and - on occasions - instructed by my young visitors. One of my first “customers” has read two
of the Rainbow Fairies series of books which are so very popular among the girls. I try not to sigh when I see the books - basically every storyline follows the same pattern. Read one book and you've read them all. Except, I remind myself sternly, there is
no doubt that author Daisy Fellows encourages youngsters to read. Could it be that I am just a tiny bit jealous?
My two hours fly by. I bid a fond farewell to
my fellow volunteers who will be on the desk for another hour and head into town to pick up a spaghetti carbonara for Mr B’s dinner from M & S. I have a bit of a wait for the bus home but the driver seems keen to make up lost time so I am home in
Oh, I forgot, you still want to know why you shouldn’t take a shark to the dentist. Because it won't fit in the chair, apparently. There was a picture
to prove it and everything.
There really is no end to what you learn on the Summer Reading Challenge.