Well basically, I completely and utterly hate AR. (The link is to a Wikipedia article that looks like it was written by the company… Don't drink the Kool Aid).
I had a pre-teen girl come up to the desk with her mom today:
Girl: "I need to delete all the holds on my card."
Me: "Ok, lets see…" I look and she has holds on most of the Clique Series. "Are you sure to want to cancel these holds? This series is popular and you aren't very far down the list to get them."
Girl: (Looking disappointed) "Yes, and can you put holds on these for me?" She hands me an AR list from school with checks by the ones she wants to check out.
Mom: "Yeah, she got too excited the day after school ended and didn't check to make sure the books she wanted to read were on the AR list."
Me: (Trying not to simultaneously cry for the girl and smack the mother.) "OK"
WOW, it is just SO horrible that this girl actually WANTS to read something. Lets ruin it by making her pick something from a list made up by boring old adults. Summer should be all about reading trashy books for fun, not reading something that is "at the right reading level."
This is the second time I've run into this in the past few days. The other girl was looking at a series and saw a title that she thought would be good. She looks at the paper in her hand and says, "Oh, but this one isn't on the AR list."