Share a Story: What’s in Your Wallet

The most valuable piece of plastic in your wallet is (drumroll, please) your LIBRARY CARD! They don’t charge you for your interest, the books are free to use, and there is no credit limit. As Adrienne and Jules point out, there may be the occasional fee, but it is put to good use. Sort of makes me wish that I could personalize my library card the way I can personalize my credit card. Wouldn’t that just be too cool? Oh, the possibilities … Can I have a hologram of me and one of my favorite characters? It would look mostly like me, but then, when you tilt it it would be, oh, Nancy Drew. It’s a security device … to … Read more

Children’s Literacy Round-Up: 26 January

Welcome to this week’s children’s literacy and reading news round-up, brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page and Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, a Reading Tub blog. By all accounts, last week’s Inauguration of President Barak Obama heartened us all ~ for far longer than the event itself.  Even the chilly (or downright cold) weather and continued gloomy economic news couldn’t deter our belief that there is room for hope and that our opportunity to participate in and propel change has arrived. Reading and literacy news last week seemed to reflect that same spirit. Among the items we collected this week you’ll find an array of ideas for helping families raise readers and people with a strong desire to create tools that promote literacy … Read more

Librarians: My Heroes

Whenever someone asked me what I was going to *do*  with my English lit degree, I said become a librarian. I worked in our university library in college for work-study and every summer. I had it all mapped out … life had other plans.  Twenty years and a few jobs later, I still think librarians have the coolest job in the world. The closest I’ll get to working in the library (at least for the near-term) is my office. It is covered floor to ceiling with shelves and books and looks like a library. Books are organized, cataloged, read, and remembered fondly. Libraries are in the midst of an interesting time. The recent NEA study says more people are reading, … Read more