I took my students to the library to do research the other day. Now I know most of my students do not go to the library on a regular basis, I did however assume that they were all in a library at some point or another in their life…or at least know and understand what a library is and how it functions. Apparently I have high expectations.
One student didn’t have library card, so I told her to find a friend who likes her enough to let her take out a book on her card. She came over to me two minutes later with a friend in tow.
“She said I could use her card, how much does it cost to get the book?”
I looked at her a little confused
“You can’t buy a book from the library.” I said.
Now she looked confused,
“So what do I do, how much do I pay her to use her card?”
Now her friend and I both gave her weird looks
“You don’t pay to use the library, it’s borrowing system.”
“Oh,” she said abruptly. “I’ve never been to a library.”
I guess she thought library cards were like Costco, or Sam’s Club memberships. But even so, if you’ve never been to a library, wouldn’t you at least know that it’s a borrowing system…or am I once again expecting too much from “this generation”.