Today is National Honesty Day. In hnor of the day, I’m going to be honest about some of the things that happen in the library:
1. When we ask you to go out the glass doors and enter the textbook room from the outer door, we aren’t being mean or picky. We don’t want students going through our interior door because then they bypass the security gate at the front door. YOU might not be trying to steal a library book, but we don’t know that. So … everyone goes out and around.
2. When you walk through the security gate and go “beep, beep, beep, beep, beep” it is NOT FUNNY. Really, trust me. Not funny at all, especially when I hear it for the 10 millionth time …
3. We would love to buy all the books you request but our budget is not big enough. If you put a book on the wish list and we don’t buy it, it’s not personal. We just don’t have the money to buy everything.
4. All those markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, rubber bands, scissors, etc. that you borrow from us come out of our budget. If they don’t get returned, we have to buy more … which means less money for books.
5. We are not being mean when we ask you to finish your food and drinks OUTSIDE the library. Water and other liquids can get spilled, even if you have the lid on. Wet books can grow mold, which is a health hazard. We have to destroy books that are moldy. Food can attract ants, cockroaches and other critters. Once we found a petrified chicken sandwich on a shelf. Gross. On Friday, someone brought a book up to me that had a slice of cheese inside it. The pages are all greasy now and the book has to be cleaned (if possible). Double gross!
Here are some novels about the consequences of NOT being honest:
Liar by Justine Larbalestier (FIC Larbalestier) — Compulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her boyfriend has been murdered.
Harmless by Dana Reinhardt (FIC Reinhardt) — Instead of telling the truth about why they are home late, fourteen-year-old private school students Emma, Anna, and Mariah lie and say a strange man attacked one of them, and the untruth results in a slew of problems for themselves, their families, their community, and the wrongly accused man.
Nobody else has to know by Ingrid Tomey (FIC Tomey) — Fifteen-year-old Webber must either live with guilt or tell the truth about who was driving his grandfather’s car when it struck and seriously injured a little girl.
Rundown by Michael Cadnum (FIC Cadnum) — As a game, sixteen-year-old Jennifer pretends that she has been attacked by a serial rapist, but then she finds herself getting more attention than she wanted, from the police and her parents.
The space between trees by Katie Williams (FIC Williams) — When the body of a classmate is discovered in the woods, sixteen-year-old Evie’s lies wind up involving her with the girl’s best friend, trying to track down the killer.
What I saw and how I lied by Judy Blundell (FIC Blundell) –In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.