May 8, 2001 Books
As a future teacher, I am slowly building my “library.” It is often said that a teacher in Hawaii will pay thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket money a year for teaching materials. Money is spent on supplies, equipment, photos, and much more. Probably the most money is spent on books.
So I’ve started to purchase books for my classroom. I’ve already spent hundreds of dollars on everything from easy-to-read picture books to high school level books. Sometimes I’ll put in a book order through the school, and other times I’ll pick up a few books when I browse Borders’ sale racks.
But I found the best place to buy books – the local library. Once (or sometimes twice) a year, libraries will have a book sale to clear their shelves of withdrawn books in order to make room for new ones. Yes, these books are used, but many are hardcover and still in good condition. You can find everything from children’s classics to tradebooks, and even encyclopedias. It’s a great way to support the libraries and get a good deal on great books.
This past Saturday, box in hand (to put the books in), I went to the Pearl City Library Book Sale. I made sure I got there at 10:00 am, when the sale started, because as expected, the parking lot was already full. When I finally got to the front of the children’s section (where I wanted to go), I dug and dug, and emerged from the crowd with 35 books!
On the way to the cash register, I picked up a couple of adult fiction books, pushing my total to 37 books. But you’d never guess how much it cost.
I’m totally serious! And, they threw in a free shave ice coupon (valued at $1.50). I was so happy, and since I love bargains, I was even happier.
This was my first library book sale experience. I’ve heard about them from my friends and fellow teachers, and even write them on my calendar with the intent to go, but never quite making it. Now you can bet that I’ll try my best to be there!
|Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #76（スーザン先生の英語講座）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
You are at a restaurant with your toddler, and want to get a booster chair or high chair for him/her. Here’s how you ask your server or hostess for one:
“May I have a booster chair (high chair) for my daughter (son)～”
You can also ask for a small plate if you plan to share your meal with your child. Simply say,
“Could you please bring me a small plate for him/her?”
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|