Opportunity to use creativity: Being a library assistant is fun, educational

By Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent

    At Williams High School, students are lucky to find that in the library, not only there is an amazing librarian, Jillian Harper, but student library assistants (SLAs) are also working to help students. Being a student library assistant, you spend a block of a semester in the library working with Harper to help manage the library.
An average day consists of checking out books, checking in books, organizing the shelves and doing various projects. Being a student library assistant is something different. The students that are in your block become sort of a family. Through projects, bulletin boards, delivering newspapers, delivering computer carts and dealing with the displeasing teacher printer, Williams’ library assistants get to experience many different life lessons.
Misbah Chhotani and Jenna Hawkins were both SLAs this previous semester. When asked what their favorite memory this semester would be, Hawkins said “I always liked learning how to shelve the books and how people would find them.”
Chhotani said that she loved making displays and showing what she had learned.
Being an SLA gives you the opportunity to use your creativity. Check with your school librarian to see if your school offers a class like this. You won’t be disappointed.

Catherine Wiggins is a sophomore at Williams High School and a Teens & 20s writer.


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