So today I had a middle school visit to do research on their reports on famous Americans. School visits to the library mean that I show they how to use the catalog, tour the library and then the students spend the next 2 1/2-3 hours reseaching (I think the teachers enjoy being out of school just as much as the students!) Here are some of the gems from my morning:
Me: When you are looking for biographical information, don't forget about children's biographies. They can be a good source of information and sometimes provide you with a list of other sources to check. So are you going to be a book snob and not look at children's books today?
Me: Right, let's try this one again...
Student: Wasn't that Mandela guy that one guy?
Student: I want to find information on Orville Redenbacher.
Me: That sounds like a fun project. What made you pick him?
Student: So I could bring popcorn to class.
Student: I'm going to do that peanut guy because I like peanut butter and they make that out of peanuts.
And my personal favorite of the day:
Student: Can you help me find books on Delight D. Eisenhower?