I thought I would update you on my Mark Twain's well-being.
Mark was placed on top of one of my bookshelves in the back of the room, between copies of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Outsiders. Most of the students didn't know who he was, they just referred to him as "the creepy old guy by the books." After I explained to them that he was the great, beloved American author responsible for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn they were...
well, still not very impressed.
So then I started referring to him as my boyfriend and, more importantly, the Keeper of the Books. Now, when students forget their books in their locker and have to borrow a classroom copy, they have to ask Mark Twain's permission.
I'm not kidding you, I actually make the students do this. They walk up to that 2 foot tall statue and ask, (or rather mutter) begrudgingly, "Can I borrow a book?"
He's a pretty understanding guy, so he always says yes.
Hey, if they don't want to go through the humiliation, they should remember to bring their book, right?