Graphic Novel Review: My Friend Dahmer by John “Derf” Backderf

Background On Halloween night, 1988, after the last trick-or-treater knocked on our door and I felt at ease to eat the leftover Kit Kats, Sixlets, and Laffy Taffy I flipped through the eight channels of our non-cable television.  I happened across a live broadcast from London and Los Angeles called “The Secret Identity of Jack…

The Book that Saved my Life

I’ve always been a rule follower.  Even as a kid I never got into trouble.  I would sit in my playroom with my denim record player listening to books on 33 1/3 records and follow along with the floppy paperbacks until they nearly fell apart.  Other times I wrapped construction paper around empty cereal and cracker…

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…

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…