Reliving the Joys of Harry Potter

Legend has it that at the height of Charles Dickens’ popularity, American readers waited on the docks of New York City’s southern tip for shipments of the latest section of his then-current novel.  In modern times a few books crept into subsets of our culture when we weren’t looking.  After the release of the third and final…

It’s Autumn’s Adoption Day!

Days like today are easily overcome with emotion.  We accepted Autumn into our lives and our hearts with only a silken thread of hope that she would one day be ours.  She was two weeks old when we met her and so tiny that we had to brace her in her car seat (a special…

5 Tried and True Ways to Help Your Child Rediscover the Joy of Reading

All my life I’ve been surrounded by books.  They were my friends, my comfort, my escape.  How could anybody not love a good book?  I credit my mother’s hard work for me reading before I entered kindergarten in 1979.  I remember the teacher assistant calling me to sit on her lap in the rickety, slatted…

Book Review: Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina

The first time I heard the term “multiculturalism” was during my undergraduate study at Appalachian State University.  Up to that point I had never given thought to bias or cultural norms. I  knew the “n-word” was bad and that racism still existed in the world, but in my own little sphere of influence I never…

My Librarian Life

I never set out to be a librarian.  In fact, all I ever wanted to be for as long as I could remember was a teacher.  First, it must be understood that we were poor. I never ventured further than thirty miles from Elkin, North Carolina where I was born until I was in the…