When you live in the Northeast, you get used to snow. Lots of snow. I grew up in Central New York’s snow belt and have spent my adult life in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. And – no surprise, I’m sure – snow days are as exciting for teachers and librarians as they are for students.
February is when our students do their US History paper. That’s 7 – 12 classes a day, 170+ students. Some periods, we have three classes in at once. Luckily, we have a large enough space for them to spread out and do research in (book sharing is a must on a few topics, but for others, we have more than enough). We already lose a day to President’s Day, a week before the paper is due. Then we had a snow day last Thursday, and a delayed opening/shortened classes on Friday. The weather forecast for today wasn’t heartening.
But this is the 21st century, right? So when the email/text/phone call (I get all three) stating school was cancelled today, I – and the other two librarians – was prepared. This morning, I sent out an email to the USH students and teachers, offering online reference help. Just to be sure people saw it, I sent out a photo on Instagram:
Yes, I could be sleeping… reading books for Alex or the SF award… but instead, I’m online, waiting for students to ask research/reference questions. Thus far, one student has contacted us – but we were able to help. And that’s the important thing, isn’t it?
What do you do on your snowdays?