October 17 - 23 Is Teen Read Week @ Your Local Library
What does Teen Read Week mean, you ask? It’s the celebration of everything reading and everything teen. It’s a way for librarians and educators to encourage teens to read for pleasure, not just for school. This year’s theme is Books with Beat @ your Library. If books are not your thing, try an audiobook!
It is an adventure everytime I go to one of our local daycare facilities to present a storytime for the preschoolers. Every group of children is unique, a wonderful yet challenging reality. They love the rhymes, finger plays, songs, coloring sheets, and the many picture books, pop-up books, and lift-the-flap books that I get to share with them. Successful storytimes play a crucial part in making MCPL compelling; and MCPL has an amazing collection of resources for planning winning storytimes that will engage, entertain, and educate young readers.
"There is only one child in the world and his name is All Children." Carl Sandberg
Children come to the library with parents, grandparents, and daycare providers. Cheers for all the adults who provide care for young children! The benefits of children coming to the library include getting to know about books, such as how to choose them, handle them, notice pictures and words, and how to return them when finished.
Do you ever feel the need to finish a book, even though you’re not really enjoying it? I used to feel compelled to finish every book I started. Maybe, it was an English teacher’s voice in my head. Or, maybe it was knowing that if I didn’t finish, I’d never know how it ended, or whether it might have gotten better at some point. But, now I’ve adopted a “50-page rule.” If a book hasn’t captured my attention in the first 50 pages, and if I don’t find myself anxious to go back to it as soon as possible, I’m willing to give up on it. There are just too many other good books waiting.
Last Friday, I read to the kindergarten classes at West Platte Elementary. We read Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. The phrase "Run, Turkey, Run!" is repeated many times in the book, which is perfect for audience participation! The students did a good job of helping me read the book. Good work kindergarteners!