The Music Man’s Marion is, of course, an excellent librarian, but my favorite librarian is my friend Judy, whom I worked with several years ago. Judy was obsessed with cleaning the gunk off the binding labels, and whenever I’d stop in to chat (often), she’d say, “Let me just get my cleaner,” and she’d stand there and attack the binding with a wet cotton ball. She had a fantastic collection of colored pens and paper clips, and while she’d clean, I’d arrange the paper clips in rainbow order. Often, I’d find that one of my favorite students, a Judy fan as well, had beat me to it. Judy’s that kind of librarian–loyal fans, long talks.
One of my favorite Judy Library stories involves the Poppleton books for young readers. Poppleton is a great character: large and pink, what he lacks in intellect he makes up for in kindness. In one Poppleton book, he carries, among other things, a suitcase and–I believe–a pink hanky. Judy, being the great librarian that she is, assembled miniature Poppleton items for her class to hand around, including a tiny square of pink Kleenex. One of her first-graders, on seeing it, looked up at her anxiously. “Is this Poppleton’s?” he asked. “Should we be careful so we don’t mess it up?”
Or at least I think that’s how the story goes. The point is, Judy is a librarian who makes magic happen, whether she’s solving your problems over a stack of gummy books or cutting a tissue down to imagination size.
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