High Praise

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Yesterday was the last day of school, and I received one of the nicest compliments that a librarian can get. A mom told me she was so glad that I was their librarian, because I was so hip.

Why is this such high praise?

A moment of thought about that tired old stereotype of the cranky librarian wearing boring clothes, boring glasses, and a boring bun in her hair should make it perfectly obvious why I think it praise.

I mean, doesn’t everyone like to hear that they are not boring? And if I’m not boring, doesn’t that mean that I have a better chance of reaching the kids, and really teaching them?

Yes, it made my day!

And no, I don’t try to be hip. I’m actually rather strict.

What do you think?