As a new parent at the Hadley (MA) Elementary School in 2012, Melissa DeFilippi volunteered to help out at the school library—and discovered that she and other volunteers were acting as the de facto librarian. In between shelving books and helping children find material, DeFilippi started a district-wide movement that’s leading to the rehiring of librarians in the middle and high school and a new catalog for the three elementary schools in Swampscott, MA.
“I just assumed we were there to assist the librarian,” says DeFillipi, a mother of two, adjunct professor, and corporate trainer. “But when I got there I found we were the librarian, there wasn’t a card cataloging system, and someone just took a label maker and put categories on shelves.” Massachusetts Parents Fight For School Librarians—And Win
librarygurl said: Why were you there to start with? Didnt they close?
No. We didn’t get accumulating snow in Salem until about 10 am. School started as usual, and it didn’t get bad till noon. They cancelled evening classes at 1:20pm, and the mass exodus started. There’s only one entrance and exit on campus, and the elementary school next door was also letting students go, so it was a huge clusterfuck. Students were cutting classes, everyone was leaving all at once. Plows couldn’t get through. People would get stuck going up the hill, and that would cause backups, no one was getting out to help push cars. The backup lasted about 2 hours.
The city even cancelled the parking ban. Everyone was expecting the coastal rain. Turned into 5 inches of heavy, wet snow, So much stupid in this storm.