My good news is I'm putting my library experience and love of community together as a book seller at Booked, a wonderful youth-oriented bookstore in Evanston, just a hop, skip and a jump from my new home (so also - NO COMMUTE!) I'm part of a tiny but mighty team of conscientious women that value diversity in literature as well as business and have a lot of ideas, which is completely infectious...
One of the things I miss most during Shelter in Place is performing weekly storytimes at the library. So, for my tiniest patrons, I've recorded these videos of some favorite storytime songs. There's some special originals in there, too. Send me an email if you have a special request.
I miss performing weekly storytimes so I've decided to record some favorites and will be posting them soon in my new Storytime section.
I am so excited to be co-chairing the 2020 Institute for the Association of Children's Librarians. This day-long event will feature authors writing inclusive, informative literature for youth as well as innovative presenters speaking about issues that impact library service to youth. Organizing this event has been an expansive experience and I am so lucky to have had the opportunity.
This week, in my school library, third graders got messy with collage. The project is a culmination of a month-long illustrator study in which we poured over the work of collage artists like Ed Young, Javaka Steptoe, and Christian Robinson. For weeks, students donated scraps and ephemera to our growing collage library, with a focus on recycling. As you can see, they were ready when it was finally time to dig in. Creative experiences like this build on students' natural and diverse talents and open a gateway for those who don't connect with the traditional concept of library as 'just a place to read'. Libraries are about stories and people and experiences. This project brings all of this to life.
Chimera at the Octopus Literary Salon, May 25
Chimera is an unusual instrumental quartet presenting totally original music for harp, violin, viola, and cello
Ukulele for Teens Workshop June 25
Moutainview Library, 6:30