Countdown to Christmas

What an interesting beginning to December!  The Book Fair Scheduled for 5th December was two and a half days late, the school’s internet connection was being fickle and the week was ended by a weather closure on Friday.

So, the Book Fair has begun and is set up in the Senior Fiction section and is appropriately decorated for Christmas. Trade has been a tad on the slow side, but we will put it down to the late arrival and the weather related school closure. The fair will now run all this week so will be a good opportunity for some last minute Christmas shopping for stocking fillers.

S1 pupils have embarked on yet another research project (they have been busy this term) – the aptly named ‘Extreme Weather’, given the fact that the Orkney Islands suffered hurricane force winds on Thursday night. It was a classic ‘eye of the storm’ scenario with the weather being ‘dead’ calm for most of Thursday afternoon then the winds suddenly picking up, with a force that this librarian does not really want to experience in a hurry, in the evening. Thankfully Orkney pretty much stood up well to the onslaught, although due to the continuing winds and forecast for snow (where was it?) the school was closed to pupils on Friday giving staff some time to catch up on any backlogs – shelving in my case and a little indulgence in starting to decorate the library for Christmas which the pupil librarians will complete today at interval.

The postponed Manga club inaugural meeting will now take place this Friday 16th Dec at 12:40 in the library.

Rehearsals are ongoing for the school carol service in Stromness Church on Monday 19th Dec (evening) with instrumentalists and pupil/staff choir and of course our music department staff putting in a lot of work.

It is hard to believe it is nearly the end of another (extremely) busy year and 2012 is around the corner, but no time to stop and rest, still more shelving to do, classes to teach info lit skills to, book processing, shelf tidying, Glow[ing] (our Scottish education intranet), meetings to attend…