Seasons Greetings one and all!
I have been working in a school library since April and it has been a great experience. I think many people see being a librarian as an easy job, where you check books in and out. Lucky for me, I have been working with a qualified and passionate librarian who broke this myth on my first day. I have had to get to grips with the software used to check books in and out, learn the Dewey cataloguing system, become an expert on how to do research, learn what source database are and how to use them, be aware of the different ways to cite a source, explain what source criticism is and so on.
Most importantly, I have learnt all about the many roles a library has. Yes, it is a place to read and study, but it can be for many students a safe place to be during break. The library also organises most of the cultural activities in the school and I have loved organising a Skype visit from an author based in New York. I shan't say who yet. I am still waiting for the contract and would not want to publicise this until it is set in stone. The library is very much the heart of the school and I am grateful for the opportunity to have learnt so much. The job will come to end next year and I now need to think of what next. I am, as ever, hopeful.
In the meantime, the students and I have been having fun decorating.
Just in case you have missed it. I am doing a Giveaway on Goodreads. On Christmas Day one lucky person will be selected to win a paperback copy of A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story. Below is a screenshot of the competition page. To Enter, click here! Good luck!
Some say that the best creative output comes from a hard place. This can be from struggle, hardship or even pain. There is also those who feel they need space in between creating to live. This is so they can base there work on the real things that happen in life. When you create something you hope that it will resonate with the audience in some way. That is will make them feel something or recognise something in your work that raises questions.
I have been taking a break from all kinds of writing recently. Life has been stressful and sucking up all my time. I had to cover the start of the lesson the other day. I was exhausted and stressed from all fronts in life. As the kids started their work I had the sudden urge to write again. And so I did. Within ten minutes I had penned a poem. Here it is.
A.J. York is a middle grade and children's writer. Author of Delilah Dusticle, Eliza Bluebell and A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story. A.J York has a Swedish and British background and currently lives in Gothenburg, Sweden.