Library Cheer

Awhile ago Bryce asked a few people she knew if they’d be willing to make a Summer Reading pep talk video, just for fun, that she could share with the staff at her libraries to cheer them on.


Yes, please!

Here’s my entry: me and my teens in our backyard, performing The Library Cheer. I love this cheer. I taught it to my storytime team last December when I gave everyone cheap pompoms and we cheered for our accomplishments in 2015. Plus we ate cookies. Anyway, I *swear* my first library boss taught this to me (which would have been mid-90s), but now I can’t find it online except for here (mid-2000s): Library Cheer (on the no-longer-updated Library Advocate blog), so if you have an earlier citation, I’d love to know about it!

PS: If there’s one thing that I knew but I really truly finally learned for sure in the last 2 years of New-Supervisordom, it’s that saying, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.” Exhibit A is this video! Getting the good (or not-so-good even) thing done is a solid first step and will give you something to revise and polish as you go. So many times, doing something imperfectly-but-well-enough-for-now beats not doing anything…OR beats doing something SUPER well but kind of chewing yourself up in the process. (Trust me, I’ve tested both alternatives.)

I hope your summers are giving you something to cheer about–I’m cheering for YOU!

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3 Responses to Library Cheer

  1. Kathy S says:

    I know that cheer! I’ve done the Prime Time Family Reading Time (a 6 week series aimed at low-income, low-reading skills 3-5th graders and their families) that originated in the 1990’s in Louisiana, and the l-i-b-r-a-r-y cheer is included in the guidebook they produced. They cite Judy Boyce as the author in their support manual, published in 2014.

  2. Melissa says:

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this, Kathy! I love knowing more about the cheer. Thanks!

  3. I first heard it from a colleague in 1989 and was told it was written by Garrison Keillor of NPR’s Prairie Home Companion fame, but can’t find a citation that gives the full cheer and precedes 1997.

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