I have decided to repost some of my old blog posts from the distant past when I was working as a School Librarian. Kids do the funniest things and I really enjoyed working in a school. So this is part of a series from my old Batty Librarian Blog…
Thursday, 6 December 2007
The Birds & The Bees
It’s that talk every parent is supposed to dread, but what if you’re just the Librarian? Well, my assistant (Y) who used to work in a public library seems to have the perfect answer.
Picture the scene:
It’s lunchtime, you have a room full of teenagers, chattin’ away and reading or doing homeowork. A group of the gigglers (Year 8s) have just come in from a ‘Biology’ class. They want to find a book on reproduction.
“Fine,” you might say, “just this way” and lead them to the human biology section. They take the book and disappear into the corner.
The next five minutes are taken up by loans and requests for help on homework and then they come back.
“Miss, I don’t understand?” one of the girls say.
“What don’t you understand X” asks my assistant.
“I don’t understans what this page means” she replies.
The assistant has a quick look look to see what she is referring to and hides a grin.
Oh OK, read out to me what you don’t understand and I’ll try to explain it.
The girl starts to read quietly.
“I’m sorry X, I can’t quite catch what you are saying, can you say it a bit louder please?” My assistant asks with a deadpan expression
The girl glances around, no-one is looking at them so she carries on louder. “…and the man puts his thingy in…”
“What was that?”
“It doesn’t say that surely.” Y picks up the book and takes a closer look. She turns it back round and hands it back to the girl.
“No it doesn’t say that, you need to say the words or it won’t make sense”.
A look of panic crosses the girls face “He puts his penis in…” Her friends let out a peal of laughter and they all ran out of the library.
Funnily enough they’ve not asked us to explain it again…