Tonight is a somewhat rare evening off. Tomorrow begins day one in a new volunteer position as an assistant librarian at Harvard–yep, you read that correctly, Harvard . . . Harvard Elementary, in Northwest Ohio.
Wait, before I forget, this month, the entire month, is Picture Book Month. Celebrate Picture Books!
I dropped off a load of books for the school’s library and lo-and-behold the school needed a library assistant. I’ve always thought working in a kid’s library would be fun; story hour and all. Looks like my duties will be of the work with books, not kids variety: reshelving books and checking books in and out.
When I was a kid, going to this same school district, school libraries were a one-librarian operation. My how things have changed! Now, there are eight librarians–all former teachers, now with MLS degrees–running the entire district. That is 8 librarians for 61 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, and at least 1 of the 21 high schools. (This may not include the charter schools.) I had no idea there are 91 schools in my rather small city. Maybe I spent too much time in Columbus, Ohio, a large metropolis, to think my little ole’ city had that many people or needed that many schools.
Back to children’s books. In the following weeks there are two character interviews and one author interview waiting to enthrall you. Plus, many Christmas books to brighten your holiday, several witty picture books to make you laugh a couple to make you think, and a few chapter books for those new readers. Ah, yes, there are middle grade books to capture your imagination. And I think one of those middle grade novels is simply brilliant and unforgettable.
Speaking of MG, Kid Lit Reviews will be in the “Best of Middle Grade Sites“ in the November/December issue of Middle Shelf Magazine. Now I’ll need to get working ad make sure I deserve the honor.
Please return tomorrow for review of, let me check my schedule, Crow Made a Friend (I Like to Read®) by author/illustrator Margaret Peot (Holiday House, 8/10/2015) .
See you tomorrow!