Remember the scene in Jerry Maguire when Tom Cruise tells Cuba Gooding, Jr. to, “Help me help you.”? If not, it’s because I’m old and you don’t have cable. Yet the quote is spot on. We librarians are asking students to help us help you, because we honestly want to help you. Somewhere along the line you go from seeing me as Marian the Librarian---please, I have much better clothes---to Helen Keller, Miracle Worker. So here is something you can do for us to make all of our heroic lives easier:
Order your required summer reading books.
I know, with four whole weeks left of vacation, you believe there’s plenty of time to get them, but the start of school, like middle age, has a way of creeping up on you. If you wait three more weeks to check out the four books you are required to read you’ll quickly discover one book on the shelf, two were due back three weeks ago, and one was selected by Oprah’s Book Club and has 500 holds on it, meaning you’ll get it in time to read while shopping for Christmas presents.