We are coming to the end of library week, and being that I am an avid reader I thought I would keep this short, and encourage you to go out and visit your local library. You can’t beat the smell when walking in, of those old books, and the silence that greets you in the warm, inviting building. If you are not such a fan of going out, then here is a link to some of the current bestsellers so that you can at least grab a good book online. Whichever you choose, I hope you get a couple of hours today, either by yourself, or as a family, to read a good book!
While we should honor Librarians every day, today we honor them specifically as it is Honor our School Librarians Day. Libraries have changed so much since I was in school, when you used to have to walk to the card catalog, pull out a drawer, find the card for the book you wanted (hoping it was there) and then walking to the shelf to find the book (hoping that was there). Let’s face it, much of the time when you got to the book, even though it said it was in stock, it was misplaced, checked out, or never returned. Of course, as with the change of everything once computers became more relevant, the system moved to computers, to make things more efficient. While yes, there are definitely some advantages, like having books on eReaders, and not having to open those card catalogs up, there are some drawbacks to Librarians not playing as big of a role.
According to the article I found on the Scholastic website (ironic yes), “a funny thing seems to be happening to librarians on the way to extinction. The savviest districts are remaking the position, breaking media specialists out of the library and bringing them into the classroom to help with projects and research”. It would appear that the role of the librarian is evolving, along with technology, which is great. Librarians are a wealth of information. They are required to earn their masters in library science, after receiving their bachelor’s degree. I found this information on studentscholarships.org regarding the MLS program. “Most programs take one year to complete; some take two. A typical graduate program includes courses in the foundations of library and information science, such as the history of books and printing, intellectual freedom and censorship, and the role of libraries and information in society.” Their roles are not just about books, but the knowledge they need spans to so much more. Which is why it is important that they continue to prosper, and help with our learning process.
I am still thankful to the librarians I had throughout my academic career. I thank you, and I am glad they have figured out a way to evolve your role.
“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby” The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson. Published in 1922 has remained a favorite of teachers and parents for decades and in a 2007 online poll by the National Education Association was named the book on its “Teachers Top 100 Books for Children” . This is my nod to “Children’s Book Day”.
The Velveteen Rabbit addresses the need to be loved and the process of “becoming real”. If you haven’t read the story, you should. It reminds me of a cross between Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “Pinocchio” life in general and what really matters. Which at this stage of my game reminded me that the process of aging is actually the process of “becoming real”. If you’re lucky.
Today – be gentle to yourself whatever age you are. Read “The Velveteen Rabbit” again or for the first time. You can enjoy it free online here
Watch this bit of fun about really becoming Real i.e. ( How to Age Gracefully)
“Because these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” The Velveteen Rabbit
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!! Theodor Seuss Geisel would have been 113 years old if he were still alive, and I am sure many of us wish he still were creating his amazing books! Whether your memories come from childhood reading, or you became a fan later in life, most of us can think back to a time that includes a Dr. Seuss story. I found a few fun facts about him, such as adopting the pen name of Dr. Seuss because he, “was saving his real name for his Great American Novel he intended to write”, or that “The Cat in the Hat” was written because he was concerned about kids learning to read. You can read more fun facts here.
I got to thinking about what his most popular, all time bestselling books are, while some did not surprise me, others were not so familiar. I was surprised that “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was only his 9th most bestselling, “Oh The Place’s You’ll Go!” the fifth, and “The Cat in the Hat” was second. His all-time best selling, well you will have to read that here.