The Peril of School Librarians in the Age of “Fake News”

It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the political creep into our personal and professional lives.  When I became an elementary librarian, I thought I could avoid politically sensitive topics because most of those issues are not age appropriate for my little folks.  To be clear, I never bring up politically sensitive topics in my…

Child of Anger: Carl’s Adoption Story

*Note- Some names have been changed to protect privacy.  Immediate family members and close friends’ names have not been changed. Ah, my little monkey-butt.  It’s hard to know where to begin.  So much of Carl’s story has been a whirlwind of emotion, drama, and ultimately, healing.  Before we met Carl our social worker told us…

Three Awesome STEM Picture Books to Inspire Young Minds

I have grown to adore picture books over the last three years.  Not only do they give us beautiful, compact stories, they also put thoughtful works of art in the hands of children.  Except for science fiction works, it’s difficult to find books that fit the increasing emphasis of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and…

Toddlers are Evil

This post is intended to make you laugh.  If the title offends you, stop reading and look up the term “hyperbole.”  If you currently own a toddler or if you are the previous owner of a toddler, put everybody to bed, pour  yourself your favorite beverage in a clean Mason jar and enjoy! When we…

Picture Book Review: The Night Gardner by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

The beauty of picture book is that not only do you have a great story in your hands you also have a work of art.  Sometimes the art outshines the story while other times the pictures dwell in the shadows of an outstanding narrative.  The trick to long-lasting picture books that become permanent parts of…

Why Diversity Matters

A few months ago one of my kids came into the library asking me for books on basketball.  I led her to the 700s and showed her the books we had, paying particular attention to the new NBA set we bought last spring.  The young lady said, “No, that’s not it.  I want a book…

The Price of Trust: Phillip’s Adoption Story

*NOTE:  I have changed the names of people outside our family in order to protect their privacy.   Also, Phillip has read this story and we have discussed it extensively.  Our hope, including Phillip’s, is that families who hope to adopt and foster children in desperate need of adoption will find hope in this story….

World Read Aloud Day- February 16, 2017

Read alouds are my absolute favorite.  Ask any of my kids what they love to do most in the media center and I guarantee you they’ll say it is listening to me read aloud.  I promise I’m not tooting my own horn.  All of us have strengths we bring to the table no matter our…

Finding Your Passion: The Genius of Peter and Paul Reynolds

We’ve all heard of books we think of as classics even if we’ve never read them.  Books like Atlas Shrugged, Fahrenheit 451, and The  House of the Seven Gables come to mind. I consider myself a well-read person (I’m a librarian, after all!) but it is simply beyond my capacity to read EVERYTHING.  The Dot was…

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…